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WEDNESDAY, October 05, 2022
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Two rare fishing cat kittens found abandoned in Tak

Two rare fishing cat kittens found abandoned in Tak

MONDAY, February 21, 2022

Border patrol police on the hunt for human traffickers in Tak province stumbled across two rare fishing-cat kittens on Sunday. The kittens were found in Phop Phra district after apparently being left by their mother who may have fallen prey to hunters.

Deciding that the tiny wild creatures were at risk from hunters or death by forest fire, the patrol placed them in a cage and sent them to the Phop Phra forest protection unit.

Two rare fishing cat kittens found abandoned in Tak

Chansawat Imnoey, chief of the forest protection unit, explained that fishing cats are mammals that usually live near water resources.

"Forest rangers will take care of these fishing kittens before sending them to Conservation Area Administration Office 14 to release them back to nature," he said.

Two rare fishing cat kittens found abandoned in Tak

He also asked anyone who found fishing cats to send them to forest rangers as the species will become extinct if hunting continues for another 10 years.

Two rare fishing cat kittens found abandoned in Tak

Fishing cats, which grow to about twice the size of their domesticated cousins, are listed as “vulnerable” on the international Red List of Threatened Species.