What Is It?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 12th, 2010

Can you identify this taxidermy item?

Said not to be a weasel or known cat. But what is it?

The owner, a taxidermist for the last 30 years, writes: “It’s not a weasel. It’s never been Identified. This animal was mounted around the turn of the century. It was typical back then to mount the animals with the real skulls; this still has the skull and real teeth in it. It’s about the size of a cat.”

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19 Responses to “What Is It?”

  1. Kushtaka responds:

    Meerkat. Next mystery? 🙂

  2. David-Australia responds:

    At first I thought “Meerkat”, but then, seeing an image of one, perhaps not, unless it’s been “stuffed” around with.

  3. dogu4 responds:


  4. GERLAT Jean-Yves responds:

    I think is a fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) or a kinkajou (Potos flavus).

  5. krvega responds:


  6. RobDev responds:

    It looks like a kinkajou.

    The coloration looks wrong for meerkat or mongoose. But it’s right for kinkajou.

  7. Sordes responds:

    I would also say its a Honey Bear (Potos flavus), the size would well fit, as well as the colouration and fur. The shape of the head would also fit those of a Honey Bear.

  8. Harold responds:

    I agree that it looks like a fossa – especially the body proprtions and muzzle shape. The color seems a bit light – could the hair have faded over the years? Compare to the image below.



  9. vqsnapp responds:

    I thought Meerkat at first but after seeing the second picture the snout just looks all wrong to me. The toes and tail also look like they don’t fit the kinkajou very well either. The elongated body and fangs make me think some kind of weasel or stoat but those long legs throw me off again lol.

  10. Sordes responds:

    Fossas are in general much bigger, and I suppose the chance that any private person would get a fossa is rather small. The chance that somebody gets a stuffed honey bear is much bigger, some people have them even as pets. Furthermore the colouration doesn´t fit those of a fossa. Note also the absence of long whiskers in the stuffed animal. Fossas have them, honey bears don’t. Kinkajous have also a very short face, whereas those of fossas is nearly catlike. This is only a drawing, but it fits the posture of the stuffed animal better than those of any living Kinkajou, so it’s better for comparison.


    The visible dentition also perfectly fits those of a Kinkajou.


  11. Tarzanboyy responds:

    It’s a very poor taxidermy job on a Jaguarundi.
    I’m over 90 percent sure of it.

  12. krvega responds:

    It’s an Eastern White Banded Rungdihal. They are native to Tiberia and are very rare except during the Summer Solstice. Their call is similar to a horned leopard chint toad. Very exciting!

  13. dharkheart responds:

    Looks like a Meerkat at first blush, but after comparison not so much. The rear feet are weird in their positioning.

  14. Cryptidcrazy responds:

    That is without a doubt, a very bad taxidermy job on a Kinkajou.

  15. shumway10973 responds:

    Let’s go with “good” taxidermy. The head of a meerkat or a close relative and the body of a skinny cat?

  16. David-Australia responds:

    “It’s an Eastern White Banded Rungdihal. They are native to Tiberia and are very rare except during the Summer Solstice. Their call is similar to a horned leopard chint toad. Very exciting!”

    We have an expression in Australia: You been yankin’ my chain?

  17. Tarzanboyy responds:

    I did initially consider a kinkajou as a suspect, but it’s not.
    The tail isn’t nearly long enough. I’m still certain it’s a light phase Jaguarundi, albeit a poor tax job.
    The Fossa is a good guess too, but the head shape on the specimen slopes at too steep of an angle and the face and muzzle are too rounded. It’s also not quite the right coloration for a fossa.
    I’m still going with Jaguarundi, 99 percent.
    It could be a kinkajou or kinkajou relative like an olingo, or possibly a fossa, but I seriously doubt it.

    There’s no way it’s a meerkat or any known mustelid.

  18. Sordes responds:

    The identification would be much more easy if we would have better photos. A good photo of the dentition would make it sure if we have some kind of felid like a jaguarundi or a procyonid. Kinkajous are nearly completely frugivore, and jaguarundis strictly carnivore.

  19. JMonkey responds:

    Jaguarundi. No doubt in my mind. Possibly a young one that was not well nourished.

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