A few days ago, I watched a PBS program, the Secrets of Crocodile Caves, and learned about this wondrous place lcoated near the northern tip of Madagascar, Ankarana — its uniqueness and its beauty. Quote: " It is a spectacularly eroded limestone massif shot through with caves, forest-filled canyons, and underground rivers. Certain plants and animals found here, including a species of blind shrimp, live nowhere else in Madagascar, much less the world. There are also lemurs, chameleons, and the world’s only known cave-living crocodiles." Source: PBS Nova. (Be sure to check out the slide show to see some photos Here.)
And of course, I also saw one of the strangest animal in the program. The animal/carnivore is called, foosa (Cryptoprocta ferox). The tradition way of looking at many predatory mammals is to see whether they are cat-like or dog-like, but foosa, in my opinion, has dog-like head/mouth and cat-like body. As you can see to the left, it does look like a bit both cat and dog. Female head-body size is 65-70cm, and male head-body size is 70-90cm. Females weight 5-7kg, and Males weight 6-10kg. Btw, "warm-blood" animal tend to get smaller body sizes in isolated island, but "cold-blood" animals tend to get larger body sizes. Hence not to my surprise, foosa is very small, yet it is the forest mammalian carnivore. Anyways, just look at those photos, and make your own guess before I give away the answer. :)
Is it a dog or hyena?
Oh wow, what a tree climber!!
Look at their hindlimbs (legs) and girdles!!
Is it just me, or did I see a dog in the tree?
Mini mountain lions?
In fact, biologists didn’t know what it was until recently they did a DNA comparison. Quote: "The foosa looks a little bit like a cat. It looks a little bit like a dog. It looks a little bit like a hyena. But it’s actually none of those things. The foosa’s actually a really big mongoose. It’s like a mongoose on steroids." Many biologiests were surprised by the result of course. I had fun guessing what it was too. :D
Last, be sure to support your local PBS channel so that they can keep producing good programs like this and we can keep learning and wathcing. ;) Btw, anyone wants to name his/her (future) pets foosa? I may. XD