This energetic fishing cat lives at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. In the wild, these animals can be found in southwest India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand, China, and countries of the southern Himalayas.
Fishing cats are strongly tied to densely vegetated areas near water, in marshes, mangroves, rivers and streams. These felines have long, stocky bodies, relatively short legs, broad heads, round ears and short tails. Fishing cats typically have olive-gray fur with black stripes and a row of black spots, according to the National Zoo.
Credit: Janice Sveda, Smithsonian’s National Zoo