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!".
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.
Thank you for letting me live another day, dear Fossa.
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
I can't say I would have liked to be in your shoes at that exact moment... although it did result in a great photo.
Posted 9 years ago
:) Posted 9 years ago
Great shot! Posted 8 years ago
Also, yah..it probably wouldn't be the best idea to run and provoke a prey drive! Posted 4 years ago
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