Today, we begin the year with this charming little creature:
She is a Cacomistle, a secretive cousin to the racoon. Her home is the rainforests of Central America, where she occupies the canopy - usually found in the middle and upper levels. Solitary and shy, her range can cover up to 20 hectares. She follows a variable diet: insects, fruit, small birds and other mammals, reptiles and amphibians. She frequently hunts near bromeliads, as these plants naturally collect water and thus attract moisture-loving potential prey. The only time she interacts with males is for mating, and she is receptive for that only one day of the year. Two months later she will birth one cub, who becomes independent after three months and sets out to found a territory of his own.