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Asian Palm Civet

Paradoxurus hermaphroditus


Small furry mammal. I initially saw the kit's movements and thought they were Bandicoot rats...and then I realized what a tragedy I was staring at. The mom is dead.


Although this is a disused patch of land it adjoins a multi-storied house and I cannot rule out poison...or snake bite for that matter. There is a guava tree here and the place is littered with ripe they have food and some cover.


My friend and neighbour Pampa Mistri has contacted an animal rescue group she knows...we are waiting for them to come. Through the zoom lens for a second I looked into the eye of one kit...and totally overwhelmed with sorrow at what we have done to the Earth. The guys NEVER came...but the kits would have survived...lots of food and shelter around. I think Mom-civet ate rat poison.

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Vijay5 5 days ago
Asian palm civet
Paradoxurus hermaphroditus

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SukanyaDatta 4 days ago

Vijay 5 I think you are correct because I regularly get the Palm civet as a visitor. Thanks.

Vijay5 5 days ago

Very sad about the death of the mother. Civets are so fascinating and adaptable. Pity several people have an irrational fear of them and want to force them out of backyards and sheds, though the civets aren't impacting them whatsoever. Hope the rescuers managed to save the kits and release them in due course.

BTW, visually this appears to be the Asian Palm Civet rather than the Large Indian Civet.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

Such a sad situation for these little ones. How did they fare? Thank you for sharing, Sukanya.

:'( So sad...I hope the rescue group can help them...

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Jun 27, 2019
Submitted on Jun 27, 2019

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