Video by @joelsartore | Flat-headed cats have evolved to be exceptional fishers. Their partially webbed toes are perfect for navigating through water and their backward facing teeth make catching slippery prey much easier. They’ve been known to collect fish from rivers and carry them far away from the shore so they can’t escape back into the water. This cat is very rarely seen in the wild, so there’s still a lot to be learned about its behavior. They are reported to be solitary creatures and have been heard making vocalizations similar to those of a domestic cat, like meowing and purring.
The flat-headed cat is endangered, with only 2,500 individuals left in the wild. They’re threatened by wetland and forest degradation due to human settlement, development of palm oil plantations and excessive hunting and fishing. Only a handful of these cats are currently under human care, and just three litters have been reported in captivity.
Video shot at @zootaiping in Malaysia.
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