A mysterious creature was spotted recently in a villager's home in the Dujia Village of Tianhui Town (天回镇度假村).
The young animal, described as looking like a mixture between a dog and a mouse, is covered in gray fur and has a large tail.
A Chengdu Commercial Daily reporter who observed the animal sleeping on the open palm of one of the village residents, described it as "just around 10 cm long. Its pinkish skin is covered in light gray fur, its four limbs are short and stocky, the five toes on each paw all have nails, and its hair-covered tail is longer than half of its body length. And on its head, apart from its two unopened eyes, the most remarkable feature is its pointy and upturned nose."
Wu Kaiquan, who found the animal five or six days ago in his house, said that there were two of the animals, but that the other left the house for the nearby bamboo forest, where it was recaptured. An animal enthusiast who heard about the mysterious creature believes it to be a masked palm civet. Nearby residents recall that two or three years ago, other young masked palm civets were also discovered in the area.
Another of the species was discovered over a year ago in Suining's Daying County.
Tianhui Town is located between Chengdu's north Third Ring Road and High Speed Ring Road.
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