Curling its prehensile tail around a tree limb, the bearcat pulls fruiting branches to its mouth with its forepaws. As it climbs down a tree headfirst, the bearcat turns its ankles so it can still grip the trunk with its claws. The bearcat has a very distinctive odor; it smells like hot popcorn!Although it is classified as a carnivore, the bearcat primarily eats fruit.A bearcat eats a fig, travels a ways, then passes the seeds out the other end, helping fig trees grow in new places.
- Length: 2 to 3.2 ft
- Weight: 17 to 31 lbs
- Lifespan: Up to 18 yrs in wild
- Range: Southeast Asia
- Habitat: Tropical and subtropical forest
- Diet: Fruits, leaves, and small animals