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Below is a muckraking news report about a woman attacked by a captive binturong, or bearcat. The binturong is yet another animal unlikely to ever hurt a person except in captivity. I'm assuming a lot of readers have never heard of this animal, so here's the lowdown:
Closest relatives: The civets...which probably doesn't tell you much. These form one of the more primitive lines of the carnivorids.
Size: A body 2-3 feet long, with the tail adding another two or three feet.
Diet: Mostly herbivorous, though it will take eggs and insects.
Freakiest feature: A prehensile tail, like that of some monkeys.
As a carnivorid, it's equipped with biting gear:
But, as you can see, the teeth are rather fine. It is unlikely to inflict life-threatening wounds.