Meet the elusive, ecologically vital binturong

10/7/2013 | Wired.com

Binturongs, or bearcats, are native to the tropical rain forests of Southeast Asia and are reclusive animals classified as vulnerable due to loss of habitat and the wildlife trade. Many characteristics make binturongs interesting and unique, including their buttered-popcorn scent and the females' ability to delay implantation of embryos. They play an important ecological role because they are a means of dispersing and preparing strangler fig seeds for germination.

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