So, here are the rules: follow us on Twitter and tweet at us with the hashtag #mysteryanimal. For example:
@PopSci is the #mysteryanimal a baboon?
And then I might say "if you think that's a baboon, perhaps you are the baboon!" But probably not, because this is a positive environment and all guesses are welcome and also this is not a very common animal so guess whatever you want!
The first person to get it right wins! We'll retweet the answer from @PopSci, and also update this post so your amazing animal knowledge will be permanently etched onto the internet. Show your kids! Your dumb kids who thought that was a baboon!
Update: And the winner is...@lmikinberg, who correctly guessed that this is a spotted linsang. The linsangs are southeast Asian viverrids--they're related to the civets and genets, but not to cats. They did, however, evolve in similar ways, so they often look distinctly cat-like. Look at the paws on the guy above!
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I'm not on twitter.
i already replied to you on twitter... weasel tiger ;) or spotted lingsang..
awe man..i tweeted it much before everyone else.. just didnt put the stupid hashtag... twitter is lame
Cute little fox, kitty, squirrel, chipmunk, bobcat, dear mouse, thingy!
Twitter? Ya right, that's useless crap for self promoting a-holes. Get a life.
No responses are necessary but I applaud the idea that you are including rare wildlife species which should be conserved in this world. I would recommend that you make the printing of in focus wildlife pictures in PopSci more frequent and just print a few factual comments about the picture. SAVE THIS OR THESE WILD ANIMALS should be the most important part of the captions under the pictures. Science and technology will not survive if all of us don't promote biodiversity on this precious endangered planet!