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Monday, August 9, 2010

Fishing Cat WWF

The Fishing Cat is a medium-sized cat. Its fur has an olive-grey color with dark spots arranged stripe-like running along the length of the body. The face has a distinctly flat-nosed appearance. The size varies between locations. They are stocky of build with medium short legs, and a short muscular tail of one half to one third of the length of the rest of the animal. As the name implies, fish is the main prey of this cat, of which it hunts about 10 different species. It also hunts other aquatic animals such as frogs or crayfish, and terrestrial animals such as rodents and birds.
Like its closest relative, the Leopard Cat, the Fishing Cat lives along rivers, streams and mangrove swamps. It is well adapted to this habitat, being an eager and skilled swimmer.

Fishing Cat is a rare animal listed in the Vietnam Red Book. The International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN lists the Fishing Cat as a species vulnerable to extinction. In Vietnam, they are found in Cao B»ng, Kh¸nh Hßa, Kiªn Giang provinces and Hå ChÝ Minh City.

On the 1st of August 2010, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) issues the stampset: “Fishing Cat” consisting of 04 values and 01 MS of 8 stamps with their denominations of 2,000d; 2,500d; 4,500d; 10,500d and 39,000d.

The images on the stampset are depicted the different scenes of Fishing Cat in their natural environment.

Name of stampset Fishing Cat
Number of value 4v + block of 8 (2 sets)
Designer Đỗ Lệnh Tuấn
Face value of stamps (VNĐ) 2,000; 2,500; 4,500 & 10,500
Face value of block (VNĐ) 39,000
Total of face value (VNĐ) 58,500
Date of issue 01-08-2010
Date of expiry 30-06-2012
Size of stamp (mm) 46 x 31
Perforation 13
Sheet composition 25 (5 x 5)
Size of block (mm) 135 x 180
Size of stamp on block (mm) 46 x 31
Perforation of stamp on block 13
FDC (cover) 1 (affix 4v stamps)
Size of FDC (mm) 210 x 110
MC (card) not issue
Size of MC (mm) 150 x 100
Printing process Offset multicoloured on gummed standard papers by Postal Stamps Printing Company (in Hồ Chí Minh city)