May. 17, 2013
Just before midnight on May 17, the mewling of a newborn kitten delighted keepers at the National Zoo's Asia Trail. The kitten's mother, Electra, had two kittens last year on May 18 (see below for more information on last year's births).
The adjacent photo depicts the first time that the mother escorted the little bundle of fur outside of the birthing den.
Inhabiting India and Southeast Asia, fishing cat populations are declining and they are considered endangered.
Photo by Tallie Wiles, Smithsonian's National Zoo