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10×14 watercolor enhanced colored pencil. Original available.

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The Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) is a medium-sized cat whose habitat range extends through Indochina, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sumatra and Java. Its fur has an olive-grey color and dark spots roughly arranged in longitudinal stripes. The face has a distinctly flat-nosed appearance. The size is variable; while in India it is 80 cm, or 32 in, (and 30 cm, 12 in, tail), in Indonesia, it is only 65 cm, or 26 in, (25 cm, 10 in, tall). Indian individuals usually range up to 11.7 kg (26 lbs), while in Indonesia common weights are approximately 6 kg (13 lbs). They are stocky of build with medium short legs, and a short muscular tail of one half to one third of their head and body length.

Like its closest relative, the Leopard Cat, the Fishing Cat lives along rivers, brooks and mangrove swamps. It is perhaps better adapted to this habitat, since it swims often and skillfully.

As the name implies, fish is the main prey of this cat, of which it hunts about 10 different species. It also hunts other aquatic animals such as frogs or crayfish, and terrestrial animals such as rodents and birds. The inter-digital webs on its paws help the cat gain better traction in muddy environments and water, like other mammals in semi-aquatic environments.

Captive fishing cats can be seen at 22 different North American institutions. By December 2005, there were 72 fishing cats in these institutions. The largest captive group in North America, 15 cats, is found at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York. (info from Wikipedia)

  • Complete 08-27-2008 in 13.41 hours spread over 7 days

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  • frogster
    frogsteralmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful work

  • GEORGE SANDERSON
    GEORGE SANDERSONalmost 6 years ago

    Stunning work, Barbara, Your tutorials are great too, very usefull !!!

  • amarica
    amaricaalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful!!!!!!

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityalmost 6 years ago

    Adorable

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful work Barbara. As always I learn a lot every time I read one of your writeups.

  • Van Cordle
    Van Cordlealmost 6 years ago

    Your Persistent in your excellent and masterful works : )

  • Terri Chandler
    Terri Chandleralmost 6 years ago

    Just beautiful!!!!

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 6 years ago

    Wow how amazing – just like a photo – wonderful painting

  • Thornburgart
    Thornburgartalmost 6 years ago

    Not only a super painting to look at, but an informative biology lesson too.

  • Neophytos
    Neophytosalmost 6 years ago

    Lovely and tender scene ,and very informative too.!!

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