–Oriental Yeti?

– – Well, isn’t this a strange and sorry looking critter?- –Discovered in a remote wooded area in Sichuan Province in China, this mysterious hairless creature dubbed an “oriental yeti” will undergo DNA testing.

“It looks like a bear but it doesn’t have any fur and it has a tail like a kangaroo,” said one of the hunters who trapped the unidentified beast after locals reported a bear sighting…but this ain’t no bear!  “It also does not sound like a bear…it has a voice like a cat and it is calling all the time–perhaps it is looking for the rest of its kind or maybe its the last one,” added the hunter, Lu Chin.

So what is this animal?–Pending the DNA testing to be performed in Beijing, one cryptozoologist, Loren Coleman, thinks that it is a kind of civet, a small carnivorous mammal akin to the mongoose.   The Asian palm or Himalayan palm civet are regarded as the most likely possibilities.  As for the creature’s lack of fur, Coleman thinks that it has mange, a skin disease caused by mites.

While it is anticipated that DNA tests will show that the finding is “in no way anything extraordinary,”  this guy looks like he could use some TLC in addition to the fur!



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3 Comments on “–Oriental Yeti?”

  1. carycomic Says:

    Could it be a hairless subspeciesmutation of the common–alias red–panda? If memory serves, the latter are quite often referred to as “cat-bears.”

  2. carycomic Says:

    Come to think of it, they might be right about this being a relative of the civet family, after all. The range of the Southeast Asian binturong belongs to that same family. Its range includes China. And, it’s often referred to as a “bearcat,” as well!

    In short, this could be a hairless subspecies/mutation of binturong.

    • vulpesffb Says:

      Not to be confused with the “Yeren” of China, a name which often translates as “Man-Bear,” perhaps what those reporting this thought they had seen…


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