Fossa

fossa

fossa

The fossa is the largest carnivorous mammal and top predator on the island of Madagascar. At first glance, its remarkable features make this animal look like some weird mix of a cat (paws and claws), a monkey (long tail) and a weasel (head and small round ears) – in fact the closest relatives of the species are mongooses. Fossas are fierce predators; their main preys are lemurs but they hunt every small to medium-sized animal of the island from reptiles through rodents to birds.

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