Friday, December 28, 2012

Musang Bindi two months old

 Bindi the rescued musang baby (masked palm civet) has taken over our hearts and is a solid member of the family now.

Rescued dog, Angel and musang Bindi on our steps.
Bindi is two months old now and I have been giving her a lot of freedom to hang out with me during the day. Not once today did I put her in her own habitat. She explored my office and our living quarters, leaped onto my shoulders and on to her sleeping ledge, then took a nap.

I brought her up to Dave's internet hut on the hill and she decided to take a nap on his desk up there. Dave will bring her down.

She's quite the member of the family and such a fun and interesting creature. She took off with a good portion of Christmas dinner and I had to chase her for it. She devoured a good portion of it and seems to have grown a lot more after having eaten so much protein.

Bindi likes playing with balls.
It's taken a while for our dogs, cats, rabbits, myna birds and hand-raised a chicken to get used to each other, but there seems an amicable truce of late. I wouldn't trust Bindi the civet in the cage at night with the birds, nor perhaps the rabbit when she matures though.

Sometimes this type of civet is called a "toddy cat" because it loves to eat the sap of the Toddy Palm. We don't have any of those, but we do have a lot of Buko juice or coconut water. It's the water that comes out of a green coconut and full of enzymes and minerals. Bindi loves this stuff and will drink, run around, drink run around. She just can't stay away from the bowl of buko juice when we put it out.

She likes to eat mangoes, bananas, sometimes papaya sometimes not. She loves turkey and hot dogs, which we found out when she jumped onto the table and grabbed them off our plates.
Rabbit, myna and 2-month-old musang, Bindi
Bindi is the cutest wild creature I have ever had to rescue. She's so playful, fluffy and cute. But at night she can be a hellion, biting harder, since her kind is naturally nocturnal predators.
Checking out her big wide world.
Checking out the flower arrangement.
It's hard to believe that people eat these adorable creatures around here. Hopefully they will get to know Bindi and she will teach them that they have a right to live too. Also their value to the environment, not to mention that they have also created the Civet Coffee market and created jobs for many farmers. They sell the beans that the civet has excreted, after having eaten the choicest, ripest coffee berries. The scat is harvested as a clean bean without the coffee berry fibers, since those are processed by the civets stomach! The beans are roasted are are the most expensive coffee beans sold in the world today selling at up to 100.00$ USD per pound.  The coffee is also known in the Philippines as Kape Alamid, in Indonesia, Kapi Luwak.


  1. dear madam,
    i just read about toddy cat in your blog. we, indonesian, call it musang. just like you call it.

    i just adopt a male-7month old musang days ago. he's little cage-defensif behavior. can you tell me how to make him more tame to me?

    i hope we can keep-in-touch via facebook. you can add me at
    best regards

    Ferius L. Ardiansyah

    1. Hi, How is your musang now? Did you get to be friends with it? I have a new musang it also is wild but younger, maybe only 3 months old...I would like to know how got yours to be friends if you did..and if it lets you pet it or carry it around. Many thanks.
      Did you join the musang lovers group on FB?

  2. Hi, Ferius, this is the first musang I have raised, but she was only 3 days old so to her, I am her mommy. I think you need patience and you need to join the facebook group from Indonesia and they speak bahasa and java..

    Just try to maybe let it out with you in a small room and give it food? Better join the Group Musang Lovers and they will be able to help you. They are very helpful. They live also in Indonesia.
    Best of luck,


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