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