It turned out the family who spotted the kitten was familiar with the rare type of cat. "We were told that the mother of the fishing kitten was actually a released rescued animal, that they had found in a rice field next to the house while working a few years ago," WFFT said. "They raised the cat into adulthood and then released it back to the wild."
But because the cat felt so safe with the family, she would occasionally return to their house for a visit. And rescuers believe that she felt safe enough to have a litter of babies near their house. When the family saw her this week, she was spotted moving a litter of her just-born kittens across the yard to a safe spot.
"While moving the kittens she had dropped this particular one in the road," WFFT said.