Binturong has a face like a cat's and a body like a bear's, long, shaggy black hair, stiff white whiskers, and a prehensile tail that’s as long as its body. Binturongs are also called bear cats, but that name is rather misleading, since they are not related to bear cats. Binturongs spend most of their time in the trees, but they usually have to climb down to get from tree to tree, since they are not nearly as acrobatic as monkeys. Padded paws and long claws help them grasp branches. Their body is low to the ground, like a bear or a human. They walk flat-footed, and, when waddling on the ground, they tend to amble much like a bear does. A binturong’s tail is very thick and muscular at the base, with the last third of it prehensile to be used like an extra hand when climbing around in the treetops.
Size: 2.3 to 2.8 feet and weight: 24 to 71 pounds
The meaning of the word binturong is unknown. The language it was derived from is now extinct.
They smell like buttered popcorn.