Also known as the binturong, the bearcat is agile like a cat in the canopy and less adept on ground, walking flat-footed like a bear. However, it is neither a bear nor a cat, but belongs to the civet and mongoose family. Spending most of its time in the trees, it slowly and skillfully walks along branches at night while foraging for fruit and small animals.
- The bearcat has a very distinctive odor; it smells like hot popcorn!
- Although it is classified as a carnivore, the bearcat primarily eats fruit.
- A bearcat eats a fig, travels a ways, then passes the seeds out the other end, helping fig trees grow in new places.