Adorable Animals

astronomy-to-zoology:

 Binturong 

(Arctictis binturong)

also known as the Asian or Palawan bearcat is a member of the family Viverridae (civets and genets) and is found in Southeastern Asia and Indonesia. Despite their name they are not related to bears or cats. The name bear probably comes from the animals aggressiveness and cat probably referring to their appearance  They are significantly smaller than a bear though only growing up to 38 in long around the same size as a small dog. Binturongs are nocturnal animals living in trees and using their claws and prehensile tail to cling to trees where they eat fruit and anything else they can find, their musk also smells like popcorn apparently. Due to deforestation they have been listed as vulnerable by the IUCN.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Carnivora-Viverridae-Paradoxurinae-Arctictis-binturong

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