Three Asian fishing cats were born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio recently. That is nice to see. They claim that this is "part of a program aimed at protecting endangered species". But is it? How will this help?
These births help the survival of the fishing cat in captivity but not in the wild as I understand it.
Wildcats don't do well in zoos, partly because there are not enough of them so they are inbred. This makes them endangered in zoos. It is difficult to maintain a population of wildcats in zoos. Bizarre though that might sound.
We seem to be simply extending the endangerment from the wild to the captive.
I don't think the zoo is rewilding these cats, meaning put them back into the wild and I don't think that that is part of the program either.
So, what is the program? It seems to me that the only advantage is to boost the population of fishing cats in captivity for commercial reasons (more visitors).
How inbred are these cats? If they are males, are they fertile? Inbreeding is detrimental to sperm quality.
If someone can leave an enlightening comment it would help. No one will, however!
Logan was a rescue cat. He was saved from a very harsh life on the street. We are not told where or I can't find out where. He became fa...
Brown gunge. Yes, I know this is a ferret! It does show the build up of dark brown to black ear wax caused by the presence of the cat e...
I'll write about three types of feline mange (a) feline scabies or head mange (b) demodectic mange and (c) sarcoptic mange. The source m...
Cat Anatomy - Photo by Curious Expeditions . The picture above was taken at Wax Anatomical Models at La Specola in Florence, Italy. Th...