Baby Civet-Cat

This baby civet cat was photographed by Alexander Ley

Civets are animals with a cat-like body and a mongoose like snout. They are nocturnal animals found in tropical Asia and Africa. There are 6 species found in India including the Malabar Civet which is Critically endangered.

Recently, the civet cats were in the news when Tirupati temple officials approached the Andhra Pradesh forest department to allow them to captive breed the civet cats or toddy cats. The department denied the request. The temple’s intention was not really to save the species, but use the special secretion of the animal to anoint the idol of the Lord in the temple. Read the story here.

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