Sergeant in hot water for killing protected fishing cat

CityNews – A sergeant claims to be unaware of killing a fishing cat.

A picture of a man showing off an animal he killed, which appears to be a fishing cat, has been reported for investigation. The man is identified as Sergeant Chareonsak Pongsrisuk of the 7th Infantry Division.

Sergeant Chareonsak raises roosters for cockfighting. Recently he discovered that some of his roosters went missing. On the night of July 6th, he decided to ambush the creature. He reportedly wasn’t aware what it was, only seeing a small pair of glowing eyes when he pulled the trigger.

He took a picture of himself with the creature, a fishing cat, to share with his friends. The fishing cat was skinned with the initial intention of keeping it, but after Sergeant Chareonsak was informed that it was a protected animal, the fishing cat was disposed of.

Sergeant Chareonsak has been charged with hunting a protected animal without permission, possessing remains of a protected animal without permission, possessing a gun without permission and firing a weapon in public without a proper cause.