The cute Chinese ferret-badger. Yes, he is in a bucket!
The Chinese ferret-badger (Melogale moschata), is also known as the small-toothed ferret-badger. This little creature was caught by the guards in my old flat, and kept for me, as they knew I loved wildlife and I often helped them move snakes and other wildcreatures that had found their way into peoples flats and gardens. I snapped a couple of pics with my phone and took the bucket up the road to let him loose in the nearby forest.
This ferret-badger lives in burrows or crevices and is active at dusk and at night. It is a good climber and feeds on fruit, insects, small animals and worms. Although it looks cute it is amazingly is savage when alarmed and its anal secretions are foul-smelling....so I was not going to mess around with it, on my way to work in my suit.
Earthworms, amphibians and insects are important components of the Chinese ferret-badger's diet. They also eat fleshy fruits such as the Chinese plum, oriental raisin tree, date-plum and Chinese kiwi.