A family took in a lost kitten that was wandering the streets of Thailand, only to learn that the young cat had a secret legacy they would have never guessed.
After taking it in, the family realized that this was no ordinary cat and was quite unlike other kittens they’ve seen before.
Realizing this, they decided to contact The Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) for help to see what was going on.
Through examination, it was realized that the kitten was a fishing cat:
A type of wild cat that is currently facing extinction.
WFFT was even able to uncover the fact that the kitten had just been born shortly before it was taken in by the family.
As it is unusual for these wild cats to abandon their children, the exact circumstances of what happened to the kitten cannot be confirmed, but it can be assumed that the mother lost her life.
As the family had grown attached to the kitten, they were allowed to keep him for a short period of time.
Giving him the name “Simba,” it turned out that the wild cat kitten had grown closer to the family, in turn.
Simba was well-guarded in the hopes, and concern, that his mother would eventually track him down— although this never happened.
Without his mother, Simba was fortunately milk-fed as he grew into a large cat, said to be twice the size of a normal, domesticated house-cat.
“Poaching and retribution killing were the major causes for a high Fishing Cat mortality of 84 percent in Thailand,” said the WFFT.
It is likely that Simba’s mother was the victim of poaching, though we can never know for sure.
Now, Simba’s survival and rescue is all the more important, as he needs to survive to help the wild cats live on. Imagine what could have happened had his family not taken him in!