The rare fishing cat, Felis viverrina, is found on the mainland of Southeast Asia, in Sri Lanka, and some of the islands of Indonesia. They are usually brown with black spots. As its name implies, it is a strong swimmer (with small ears, an elongated muzzle, and partially webbed toes to help) and catches fish, frogs, crustaceans by standing quietly by or in the water until some prey comes by to be grabbed fast as lightning (with claws that are still visible even when fully retracted). They also prey on birds and small mammals -- at a weight of around 25 pounds, they have been reported to overpower calves and dogs.

Little is known about their social organization, but multiple observances of several fishing cats together seems to imply that they spend time in groups, unlike most felines. The wetlands which are their habitat are disappearing quickly, though, and the fishing cat has also been hunted as a barnyard pest, for its fur, and for its meat.

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