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!