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A Mammal for Your Monday

July 26, 2010

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Ring-tailed cat, Bassariscus astutus.

Native to Arizona.

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  1. July 26, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Cute! Is it a true felid? And if so, what are its taxonomic affinities?

  2. July 26, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Procyonid – raccoon and allies.

  3. July 26, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    The “cat” comes from the fact that miners used to adopt them as pets to kill vermin.

  4. July 26, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Wow! I have never seen one of these before. Very handsome.

  5. July 29, 2010 at 8:43 am

    They are beautiful little animals, and actually quite common, but rarely seen due to nocturnal habits and rather shy personalities.

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