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Himalayan Palm Civet

Paguma larvata, Hamilto-Smith 1827


Cheery tree with ripe fruit, surrounded by bamboo trees.


Himalayan or Masked Palm Civet, or gem-faced civet, is a civet species native to the Indian Subcontinent and South-east Asia. It's classified by IUCN in 2008 as Least Concern as it occurs in many protected areas, is tolerant to same degree of habitat modification and widely distributed with presumed large populations that are unlikely to be declining. This one spotted in the morning on this cherry tree across our bathroom at the 5th floor! It wasn't much bothered about me taking its photo, but the crows're harassing it so much so that it had to move down to a medium-sized bamboo tree and hang on there for dear life for about 2.00 hours (the 3rd photo).

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jcellinghaus a year ago

These poor creatures are slaughtered and eaten as a delicacy in China. And this is what caused the SARS virus outbreak in 2002.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 7 years ago

Thanks Diganta for the comment.

DigantaGogoi 7 years ago


DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 7 years ago

Thanks student, hernandezwolf99, Diniele, venusflytrap2000, AmberRussell, Ava T-B, SukanyaDutta, outsidegirl0, dandouchette, sunnyjosef, Alejandra Patino Gallego and Marta for making it favourite.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 7 years ago

Thanks pilar2, federico4 and hernandezwolf99 for the l. .o . v. .e. l..y comments!

hernandezwolf99 7 years ago

They look like the coolest creatures ever!!!!!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 7 years ago

Thanks Daniele and venusflytrap2000 for the like.

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Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Spotted on Apr 25, 2014
Submitted on Apr 25, 2014


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