'Flower chaser' Asian palm civet spotted in SW China

An Asian palm civet was recently spotted feeding on red silk-cotton flowers in Yingjiang County, Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province.

The civet is a nocturnal animal and an avid lover of fruits like chiku, mangoes, bananas, rambutan, papayas and the sap from the flowers of sugar palm trees. "Civet coffee" uses beans that have been eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet.

In China, the Asian palm civet is mainly found in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region as well as Hainan and Yunnan provinces. The species is currently under second-class state protection in China.

(Cover image via screenshot. Video provided by Yin Yihu and Dehong publicity department.)

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