Rare fishing cat dies in Sattahip

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A rare fishing cat died in Sattahip after being hit by a car.
A rare fishing cat died in Sattahip after being hit by a car.

A rare fishing cat died in Sattahip after being hit by a car.

Saichon Wongprasert, 56, found the largest of the Prionailurus family cats lying on Sukhumvit Road in front of Rungsrisuntorn Temple Oct. 4. He provided care for about 30 minutes before it died.

The fishing cat which is listed as “vulnerable” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, is found sporadically around South and Southeast Asia, most predominantly in Nepal and India. It lives around wetlands, lakes and rivers.

In Thailand, the web-footed fishing cats are extremely rare with only six photos total taken in the Kaeng Krachan and Khao Sam Roi Yot national parks and Thale Noi Non-Hunting Area as of 2014.

Saichon, who changes oil at a PTT Gas Station inside Singsamut School, said he felt badly he couldn’t save the animal given its vulnerable status.