One of my favorite things in life is finding out about a cute animal I
did not previously know existed. (Probably the best example of this is
the adorable fennec fox.) Today, I was delighted to come across some
pictures of baby binturongs, or Asian bearcats. Check these guys out:
And a grown-up one:
Now, I have done some Googling and have to disclose that from certain angles, the adult binturong does kind of look like an overgrown rat. But other pictures bring out its more favorable characteristics of sloth, koala, cat, bear, otter, and cartoon mouse resmblance. Therefore, I am sticking with my intitial assessment of CUTE.
UPDATE 7/22/09: Jerome's comment on this post caused me to do a bit more Googling and conclude that actually, the adult binturong is somewhat hideous. Or, in Jerome's words: "if the Asian Bearcat went on eHarmony I'm sure this would be his profile picture. But then his date would discover at dinner that he was an unkempt, slovenly weirdo with beady eyes."
The babies are still adorable, though.