Sunday, August 02, 2009

A Little Toddy Cat

I have a habit of sometimes checking the treeline to see if I can spot birds. Today, I spotted a makeshift wooden house with a tail and a paw sticking out of it. It was a rather comical sight and I wondered what kind of animal had taken up residence.I went about my business and half an hour later, this was what I could see through my lens.Sometime later, a rather cute face stared down at me. It was a Toddy Cat or an Asian Palm Civet, which I am seeing for the first time.Civets are still hunted and eaten in South East Asia and China. I've seen dead ones with bullet holes in them in at morning markets in Luang Prabang. Never did I think I'll meet one in the wild.
For those who don't know Civets help produce the world's most expensive coffee Kopi Luwak or Civet coffee. This coffee made from coffee berries which have been eaten by and passed through the digestive tract of civets.


ShaoWei said...

seems like you were very patient with getting the shot!
is this in singapore?!were you the one that put up that tree box?!

Shirls said...

patience is a skill one learns photographing wildlife.

No, I didn't build the tree box.