RZSS Edinburgh Zoo are celebrating the birth of the first binturong cubs to be born in Scotland.
The wild population of binturong is steadily declining (by as much as 30% over the past three decades) due to logging of forests and hunting for traditional medicine. It is incredibly difficult to breed these animals so zoo staff have been delighted by the arrival of triplets.
Alison MacLean, head carnivore keeper at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, said: “We are very excited about the arrival of our cubs. These are the first binturong to be born in Scotland, so this is a real achievement.
We are gradually introducing them to visitors to build up their confidence and they will soon venture outside more regularly during the daytime.”
Native to rainforests in Southeast Asia, binturongs are a member of the civet family, with their distinctive, popcorn scent coming from a chemical compound in their urine. They are skilled climbers, using claws and a long prehensile tail to grip.
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