Field Day 9: Seeing spots. We caught our third fishing cat. Meet “Mountain.” [PHOTOS]

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Can you guess who these spots belong too?

If you said fishing cat, you’re of course right. Today, we caught our third fishing cat. His name is Kee Ree, meaning “mountain” in Thai (make sure you draw out the syllables, or else you’ll just be telling him he’s “filthy”). Kee Ree was an absolute sweetie pie, super chill and practically falling asleep as I talked to him. (I told him this really fascinating story about how I once waited 6 hours in the middle of the night for a train in Surat Thani, Thailand.)

We found Kee Ree in the same area as Khai Toon. 

Kee Ree, the fishing cat

Kee Ree, the fishing cat

Something neat I learned today, a fishing cat’s coat is super course and dense with a soft undercoating of down-like fur. This combo essentially acts like weatherproofing for fishing cats, keeping them dry and insulated while navigating wetlands. Patterns are unique to each cat, helping Namfon and her team identify individuals that appear on their camera traps. We will see where Kee Ree goes, as of tonight, he was not too far from where we found him today. 

Namfon, and her team taking a "family" photo wth Kee Ree. Adjon Supot (Teacher Supot) in blue, brought two of his students out today to learn more about fishing cat conservation. He has been a community leader in getting local kids to help out with fishing cat conservation and stewardship of the surrounding wetland.

Namfon, and her team taking a “family” photo wth Kee Ree. Adjon Supot (Teacher Supot) in blue, brought two of his students out today to learn more about fishing cat conservation. He has been a community leader in getting local kids to help out with fishing cat conservation and stewardship of the surrounding wetland.

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