When a family in Thailand found a kitten lying in the street, they called the local wildlife organization to come and see what to do. That’s when they learned this was no ordinary kitten.
The Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand arrived and they quickly realized that the kitten was a South East Asian species of cat known as a “fishing cat”that is on the brink of extinction.
“Upon arrival we were surprised to find a tiny fishing cat kitten that was clearly only born a few hours ago,” a person from WFFT said. The mother was nowhere to be found.
That’s when they were told the family who discovered the kitten had previously fostered its’ mother before releasing her back into the wild.
Earlier in the day the family saw the mother cat moving her new litter of kittens to a safe spot and that’s when she dropped the discovered kitten. They waited for the mother to come back for her lost kitten, but she never did.
WFFT arrived and brought the kitten back to their wildlife hospital and named him Simba.
Rescuers say it’s very important that Simba survives because fishing cats are on the brink of extinction.
“The fishing cat faces a high risk of extinction throughout its range and is thought to be amongst the most vulnerable of the small and medium-sized cats in Southeast Asia,” a representative from WFFT said.
Veterinarians said that Simba appears to be quite the fighter! At just over two days old, he is well on his way to making a full recovery.
“For now, he is under round the clock care from our vet team, spending his time in a special incubator that creates a perfect environment where his special needs can be met,” staff at WFFT said. “For now, he is good, we will have to wait and see what the coming days will bring.”
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