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6 Reasons Why The Binturong Is The Coolest Animal At The Zoo

We can’t get enough of this furry creature. In the wild, it lives in the forests of south-east Asia. But if you’re lucky, you might be able to spot one at your local zoo.

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1. It is also known as the Asian bearcat, although it is neither a bear nor a cat.

You can see the bear resemblance, though.

2. It has a (very bushy) prehensile tail.

Useful for climbing trees in those forests.

3. It gives off a scent of popcorn to mark its territory.

How neat is that?

4. It has white whiskers.

Rather like a cat.

5. A nocturnal creature, it loves sleeping during the day.

Another cat-like trait, all that sleeping.

6. Its cubs are, needless to say, completely adorable.

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If only you could take one home.

Want to see more of the binturong? Check out this video of Lucy the bearcat, who lives at Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio:

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