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Fossa after meal A fossa cleans himself after having devoured a pair of chicken legs. It has not problem processing raw, boney food like this. Cryptoprocta ferox,Fossa,Kirindy Reserve,Madagascar Click/tap to enlarge

Fossa after meal

A fossa cleans himself after having devoured a pair of chicken legs. It has not problem processing raw, boney food like this.

    comments (4)

  1. Nice shot! Posted 7 years ago
    1. Thanks Joost. This is one of the most amazing animals I ever met. Posted 7 years ago
  2. Beautiful shot of a superb animal... still licking his lips :) Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks, right after trying to get a taste of me :)

      You're next This is one of those scenes to remember. In my excitement to photograph a spectacular showing of this fossa trying to master some chicken legs on a chord, I found myself isolated from the group and way too close to this fossa. At the blink of a second, it was done with the chicken legs and turned its attention to me. It came running at me with the determination seen in the above shot, whilst bystanders were shouting "careful!".<br />
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I figured running doesn't exactly help in such a situation so I just froze and awaited my faith. A few metres before reaching me, the fossa slowed down and sniffed the air. It probably then decided I stink too much, and turned around.<br />
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Thank you for letting me live another day, dear Fossa. Cryptoprocta ferox,Fossa,Kirindy Reserve,Madagascar
      Posted 4 years ago

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The fossa is a cat-like, carnivorous mammal that is endemic to Madagascar. It is a member of the Eupleridae, a family of carnivorans closely related to the mongoose family. Its classification has been controversial because its physical traits resemble those of cats, yet other traits suggest a close relationship with viverrids . Its classification, along with that of the other Malagasy carnivores, influenced hypotheses about how many times mammalian carnivores have colonized the island. With genetic.. more

Similar species: Carnivorans
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Apr 7, 2013. Captured Sep 19, 2012 10:32.
  • NIKON D7000
  • f/5.6
  • 1/500s
  • ISO3600
  • 230mm