Mammal

Binturong

Area: 
Southeast Asia
Habitat: 
Tropical rain forests
Food: 
Carrion, small invertebrates, eggs, fish, birds, leaves, and plant shoots
Size: 
2 to 3 feet long (plus 2 to 3 feet of tail!)
Babies: 
Weigh about 5 ounces at birth.
The binturong is one of only two carnivores (the other is the kinkajou) with a prehensile tail.
Do you smell popcorn?

 

The nocturnalAwake and active during the night, asleep during the day. binturong is most closely related to the civet and fossa but looks like a cross between a cat and a bear! It is even called the Asian bear cat and Malay civet cat. A binturong has shaggy hair, white whiskers, and long tufts of hair on the ears. Living mostly in trees, a binturong's legs seem specially built for a rain forestA woodland that receives more than 100 inches (250 centimeters) of rain each year. Tropical rain forests are known for warm temperatures, and have evergreen trees that form a dense, continuous canopy. Temperate rain forests have evergreen and deciduous trees, with temperatures that vary greatly with the season. habitatWhere an animal or plant normally lives and grows.. While the binturong walks flat-footed and has a gait like a bear, it can turn its ankles backward so that its clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons. can still grip when climbing down a tree head first. The binturong's prehensileRefers to a body part that can be used like a hand for grasping or holding. tail works like an extra hand when climbing around in the treetops. Baby binturongs have even been seen hanging upside down while completely supported by their tail!

 

You probably know that most animals have a smell that's all their own—is there any mistaking when a skunk has been around? Well, when the binturong is near, you may suddenly want to go to the movies, because this animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs.'s aroma smells a lot like buttered popcorn! Having a scent helps warn other binturongs to keep moving—this tree or area is already taken!

 

Binturongs have a very special job in the forests where they are found. Through their poop, they help spread the seeds from the fruits they eat, which helps replant the rain forestA woodland that receives more than 100 inches (250 centimeters) of rain each year. Tropical rain forests are known for warm temperatures, and have evergreen trees that form a dense, continuous canopy. Temperate rain forests have evergreen and deciduous trees, with temperatures that vary greatly with the season.!