Ethiopian mammal

Dear All,

We are working on a small camera trap project to see what is left of wildlife in afromontane rainforests of SW Ethiopia. One of our camera’s unfortunately seemed to be set up to take pictures instead of films. And of course this happens to be the one with the most interesting material. Still, most of the photo’s are identifiable but we are struggling with this pictureM2E1L0-19R350B300  . I was wondering if you could take a look and ask your opinion on the species. To avoid bias I will not tell you what I think it could be 🙂
Anyway, I added two more pictures to give you an idea of the size of the animal: picture 35 is a common duiker, picture 36 is a (blotched?) genet, which appears to be chasing/following the duiker. Any idea why?M2E1L0-27R350B300M2E1L0-27R350B300
Another blog posted strange behaviour of genets as well (sorry if crossposting the link):
http://wildlifeact.com/blog/hitch-hiking-selfie-taking-genet-back/
Thank you for your time,
regards,
Matthias
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9 Comments on “Ethiopian mammal”

  1. matthhias Says:

    Btw, the animal has an estimated HB of 70 cm!
    Matthias

  2. Jean-Marc LERNOULD Says:

    I think that it might be a civet


  3. I would say it fits African Civet pretty well.

  4. Matthias Says:

    Thank you guys,
    These are indeed the two options I think are still possible. The rest can be excluded. The white and black stripe on the right of the animal are part of the animal, suggesting to me that must be the neck/head, turned away from the camera.

    • Andrew Block Says:

      Looks like African Civet to me. The striping on the neck, black legs and the marking on the rear thigh look to match the civet. I instantly thought civet when I saw the photo.

  5. vnsankar123 Says:

    Looks quite a lot like an African civet to me.

  6. vdinets Says:

    I agree with the civet ID. However, if there is a place in E Africa where a new large mammal could still be discovered, it’s probably Harenna or some other island forest in S Ethiopia 😉


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