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Subject: Re: Totally OT - Strange Animal Date: 10/5/2012 8:20 AM
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Thx, Jennlee--I never even heard of a binturong. I googled "zoo binturong" and came up with good results. Clearly we're overdue for zoo visits.

From the Houston Zoo website:

"“What is THAT??” That’s a question we hear each time we take our binturong, Hannah, out for a public appearance. And it’s the reason behind why she’s here at the zoo. Introducing our guests to species they’ve never encountered before is what we do best at Natural Encounters. Binturongs are hard to describe, difficult to relate to other species and are elusive in the wilds of southeast Asia where they are from. Even taxonomists, who are paid to do this sort of thing, have a hard time classifying them. Currently they are classified in a group of small carnivores called civets that includes things like genets (which is another little known animal, once again, hard to describe)."

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