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A Fishing Cat in eastern Nepal

The third night was the quietest and pitch-dark. Not even a fish jumped out of the pool. Time to contemplate: what attracts a Fishing Cat to a particular place? One had been photographed three nights ago near this same pool where Angie was lying in wait. Where the eyes fail, the mind fills in. Why does the cat not return? This was it: not even a fish jumped! The Fishing Cat must have gone to where the fish jump and splash. Angie packed her stuff immediately and moved to the neighboring compound where the fish ponds are. She did not see the cat that night, but decided to build a hide in the corner of one of the fish ponds the next morning.

After dusk, she moved in the hide accompanied by Sagar. It was not at all quiet. All around the hide frogs croaked at the top of their lungs. Sagar excitedly kept swaying his flashlight to and fro. An hour later he whispered: “Angie, the cat is coming. I can see her eyes!”

Slowly and cautiously the cat walked out of the tree cover on top of the pond's embankment. It sat down and looked towards the source of the light, less than 15 m away. It sat there for 10 minutes, but did not dare to walk down to the pond.

See it for yourself! The following video was taken on 3 February 2016.

The cat returned late in the following night when there was no nervous flashlight, but just Angie and the frogs. It even came down the embankment to the water's edge. The frogs stopped croaking, and Angie did not dare to breath.

Sagar Dahal produced this video in July 2016.

 

First record of Fishing Cat in Jagadishpur Reservoir, Kapilvastu District

Sagar Dahal produced this video in April 2015.