Twin Fishing Cats

Credit: Courtney Janney, Smithsonian’s National Zoo
June 12, 2012
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Credit: Courtney Janney, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo recently oversaw the births of two fishing cats (Prionailurus viverrinus), one of Asia’s most elusive species. Seven-year-old Electra delivered the kittens between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. May 18 in an off-exhibit den. Their birth marks an important milestone: this is the first time fishing cats have successfully bred and produced young at the National Zoo.