Archive for February, 2012

Injured baby civet rescued in Kuala Lumpur

Today morning, we were alerted by Jeremy Peet who is living in KL, Malaysia regarding a baby civet rescue!

About 4 days ago, Jeremy rescued a young civet (about 35cm long including the tail) that was caught by his cat. It was bitten on the neck and has lost a lot of blood. Since then, Jeremy has been taking care of the baby civet and it is currently well enough to move around and eat.

Knowing that the civet is too young to be released, Jeremy contacted us at mammal@sivasothi.com for advice on an organisation to contact in KL which can take care of the civet. He has previously tried to leave the civet on the balcony, hoping that the parents would come to pick up the baby civet but it was in vain.

Civetgirl Xu Weiting responded and advised Jeremy to try passing the baby civet to either Zoo Negara or the Wildlife Dept (Perhilitan). She also referred him to our blog on what to do and how to take care of the civet in the meantime.

Baby common palm civet rescued in KL (Photo by Jeremy Peet)

This situation is not unique to the civets in KL. In Singapore, there have been several cases where young civets were killed by pets such as dogs too. In addition, as the civets live in close proximity with humans, these urban civets also face other threats such as trapping and roadkill. You can do your part in saving our last urban native carnivore by informing us if you find an orphan or injuried civet. It is also important to know that trapping is unnecessary and often causes injuries to the civets!

Thank you Jeremy for this alert and good job for rescuing and taking good care of the baby civet! Hopefully, the baby civet will be taken in by Zoo Negara and subsequently be released back to the wild!

Update – The baby civet was taken in by the Malaysia Wildlife Society on the 1st March 2012. May you have a good life ahead, young civet!

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Musang playtime

Our 2nd civet video clip shows two civets, the larger one seems to be a female hanging out with another smaller individual. They might be a sibling pair or mummy civet & juvenile, we really have no clue!

Nonetheless, they are really adorable when they are out together, play-fighting, grooming and just enjoying each other’s company. It is so lovely to see these wild animals going about their daily lives while living near humans.

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Civets on the rooftop

The civets in Singapore finally have a Youtube Channel of their own and this is the very first video uploaded! These videos that will be uploaded are carefully edited to give you a sneak peak at the nocturnal activities of an urban civet. These footages were compiled from late December 2011 to mid January 2012, footages courtesy of Vilma D’ Rozario.

I love the way in which the civet ‘sprints’ across the roof top, it definitely shows how agile they are, especially since they are moving around at night! Stay tuned for more CCTV videos as we uncover the life of an urban common palm civet.

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New baby civets coming soon?

We received exciting news on the 29th January from Ho Yanyoy! This photo contribution captured the roaming civet couple at the back of the house. The gestation period of civets are reported to be 60 days, so we might be expecting baby civets in April?

We might be expecting a litter of baby civets in April?

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Baby civets found in Bali home garden

On the 27th Jan 2012, we received a comment from Marilyn who stays in Bali, Indonesia, who mentioned that she found two very young baby civets in her garden, maybe even newly born as one still had remains of its umbilical cord! They were described to be greyish brown with beginning of spots or stripes on the back, their tail were as long as the body and had sharp faces.

Two newly born civets found in a home garden in Bali. (Photo by Marilyn)

Look at how tiny the baby is! (Photo by Marilyn)

She wanted to know what should be done to help them as mummy civet was nowhere in sight, so we provided her with some guidelines to try to rehabilitate the baby civets. We always recommend placing the baby civets in the location where it was first found for one/two nights so that mummy civet can retrieve them. Unfortunately, the mummy civet did not show up and so now the two young civets have to be cared for by Marilyn. Thankfully, they are now approaching one week old and doing great! In a few days’ time, their eyes will open for the first time!

Photo of the two babies at 5 days old. They look like they have grown bigger by a little and looking good! (Photo by Marilyn)

We will be updating you on the growth of these two baby civets. Special thanks to Marilyn for all the photos and for your efforts in fostering these two baby civets!

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