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Animal LMNOPlanet, Part Two

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:
Binturong1
Bint2
And a grown-up one:

Bint3

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.

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Jerome

Lauren, I urge you to strongly reconsider. We're on the same page so often, but here I must strongly disagree. I googled as well, and I think that overall, the Asian Bearcat is hideous and creepy. Your caveat that sometimes it looks like an overgrown rat is understated.

Sure, these pictures are sort of cute, and 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.

So I'm going on record: The Asian Bearcat sucks!

Lauren

Jerome, you may be right. I have done even more Googling, and I think I judged this one prematurely. The more I look at the adult bearcat, the more I think I would be terrified if I found one in my backyard.

The babies are still adorbs, tho.

Sam

If you want to see something even cuter that you never knew existed check out the Red Panda, so freaking cute!!!

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