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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Mangy Civet Dubbed the 'Oriental Yeti'

dailymail - A mysterious hairless creature dubbed the 'Oriental Yeti' has baffled scientists after emerging from the ancient woodlands in remote central China.

The bizarre looking beast was trapped by hunters in Sichuan province after locals reported spotting the creature, which they originally thought was a bear.

Stumped local animal experts have shipped the mystery animal to scientists in Beijing who will perform DNA tests on the beast.

Bizarre: Hunters discovered this small, hairless creature in remote woodlands in China's Sichuan province

Hunter Lu Chin explained: 'It looks a bit like a bear but it doesn't have any fur and it has a tail like a kangaroo.'

It also does not sound like a bear - it has a voice more like a cat and it is calling all the time - perhaps it is looking for the rest of its kind or maybe it's the last one?

'There are local legends of a bear that used to be a man and some people think that's what we caught,' he added.

Despite its nickname, the albino-looking creature doesn't appear to resemble the traditional image of a yeti.

Also known as the Abominable Snowman, a yeti is a mythological creature said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet.

Investigators believe that at least two types of yeti exist: the dzu-teh ('big thing'), which is 7ft-8ft tall, and the nich-teh, which is 5ft-6ft.

NOTE: Unbelievable! Most likely this is an Asian Palm Civet with mange or another skin disease. This is the mammal known for giving us Kopi Luwak coffee. It is prepared using coffee cherries that have been eaten by the animal, partially digested, and harvested from its feces. As well, this animal is suspected to be the carrier of the SARS virus which is transferred to humans by eating the undercooked flesh of the civet...Lon

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Mangy Civet Dubbed the 'Oriental Yeti'

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