Thursday, 7 March 2013

A Cross Between a Bear and a Cat? – No, It’s a Binturong, a Modern Animal

Joel Kontinen

It looks like a cross between a bear and a cat, but it is a relative of the African civet. The binturong (Arctictis binturong) that lives in the forests of Southeast Asia is also called the bearcat, although it is neither a bear nor a cat.

The Binturong is not about to evolve into a bear or even a cat, but it is designed well to live in trees.