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« on: October 11, 2010, 02:41:25 AM »

Hi, I captured this creature in my home garden. It was chased by the dogs and I recovered him and kept him in a bucket till the night and I released it into its natural habitats at the night. It was about 35cm in length (with the tail) is this a spotted cat or a baby kalawedda?


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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2010, 04:39:35 AM »

Hi Dilshan
It seems to be a juvenile civet cat or Urulaawa in Sinhala.
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2010, 04:53:12 AM »

Hi Dilshan,

It seems to be very cute. Cheesy
But be careful on  bite or scratch by such animals.
They might infected with rabies. Shocked
Since you have no facilities to observe the animal, be extra careful on handling such a situation next time. Wink

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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2010, 06:26:52 AM »

Hi Dilshan
It seems to be a juvenile civet cat or Urulaawa in Sinhala.
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Thanks Bushana. It is a surprise to see these animals around a city like Hikkaduwa.
Hi Dilshan,

It seems to be very cute. Cheesy
But be careful on  bite or scratch by such animals.
They might infected with rabies. Shocked
Since you have no facilities to observe the animal, be extra careful on handling such a situation next time. Wink

BR

viraj


Thanks a lot Viraj, I couldn't let the animal to be eaten  by the dogs.
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2010, 08:51:37 AM »

Hi again:)
I can confirm my identification above of it as a juvenile Ring-tailed civet( Common name use in Mammals in Sri Lanka -Sarath Kotagama) or Viverricula indica base on following morphological characteristics. With its black and white ringed tail it can be distinguished from all other mammals of family Viverridae (Civet cats and mongoose). And it is a juvenile because its lower limbs are blackish ( check second picture). It inhabits throughout the island though usually not encountered since it is a purely nocturnal animal. It is not unusual of finding it in Hikkaduwa area since as long as it can find patch of jungle or grassland to lie up during day time near by these animals would survive in such habitats.
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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2010, 12:32:03 AM »

This is the first time I have seen them, Wonder whether we can ever find one in their natural habitat. Nice work and keep Viraj's advice in mind Wink
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2010, 05:08:46 AM »

It is strange that you could catch and keep in in a bucket...  Cheesy Cheesy They are ery shy ...
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2011, 01:22:01 AM »

The ring tailed civet can be unusually urban at times. I have seen them behind the BMICH and regularly see them at my parents house at Buthgamuwa. And once at my place a Kotigahawatha. Their demise unfortunately has been accelerated due to dogs. 
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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2011, 12:59:42 PM »

I have seen them run over by vehicles several times, both on urban roads and rural roads.
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