Successful civet rescue case in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

In the first week of October, we received an email from Ms Doff asking for advice on how to help an injured young civet that was found in her backyard in Kuala Lumpur. This was a rare case as most of the time we only received emails regarding rescue cases from Singapore and to date, we only had one other case from KL back in February 2012.

Ms Doff quickly updated us on the injuries on the civet and how it was found. She said that the baby civet had been lying in the bushes for two days. On the first day, the mother appeared and kept peering into the bushes, but she disappeared on the second day. Ms Doff only discovered it when her cat was looking inquisitively at the bushes. When it was found, it was motionless and looked to be in a bad shape.

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For it to recuperate, it was given apple slices, water and housed in a pet carrier which was dark and quiet. Fortunately, its injuries gradually improved and it slowly regained movement in its limbs, but has yet to regain full body movement. Luckily for the civet, Ms Doff was persistent in ensuring that the civet received the best care. It is now in good hands, as we eventually found a reliable caretaker who took it to a vet and would keep us updated on its condition.

We are grateful that Ms Doff took time and effort to care for this civet, she even found us on the website to ask for advice. Thank you very much for making a difference to this civet and for sharing the photos!

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 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!