Exotic pet, the Genet

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I came across this cute little animal a few days ago (online, not in person, but I wish I had come across one in person) and wondered what it was. It looks like a cross between a cat and a mouse. After a bit of investigation, I found out it was a Genet, from Africa.

They are a small nocturnal mammal. They are not related to a cat even though it looks like one. They are related to the civet which is a similar looking mammal that is best known for providing the musk used in perfumes before synthetic equivalents were found.

The Genet is from Africa and is kept as an exotic pet in the USA as well as Asia. Here is a video of a baby Genet and a full grown cat treating it as if it was a kitten.

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