Cat like but not a cat
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Hi Orfy - just to reiterate a recent comment posted by the iSpot team elsewhere - the focus of iSpot is on wild animals, plants & fungi, so it's not really relevant to post photos of captive or domestic animals otherwise the web site could get quite cluttered with pictures from zoos, 'wildlife centres', of pets and farm animals etc. Also the role of iSpot to map the distribution of wild species would be devalued.
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
Gill's points above are valid, but in this case Orfy has been in touch with us to say that this Genet was seen 'wild' in their garden. So I guess this must be an escape from captivity. Are escaped Genets often encountered?
The general point stands that iSpot is not intended for captive animals or pets, but where animals have escaped and been observed by chance then that's fine and can help monitor whether new species are going to establish themselves here.
Entomologist and biological recorder
I'd like to offer my apologies to Orfy for assuming that the animal was captive - an unusual escapee.
This is a small-spotted, or common, genet; note the distinct spots. The large-spotted genet which is the other species often kept as pets has larger, less distinct spots and a pale tip to the tail.
These animals are becoming more common as pets, a trend we have inherited from the USA where they are a popular 'exotic' pet because they are not covered by the dangerous animals act in the UK or the USA's equivalent.
More can be found about this story on the Warrington Gazette's web site.
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