|Photograph of the dead animal that attacked the plantation worker. (theborneopost.com)|
|The limb of the Bornean Mystery Mammal that attacked Aris Kuna. (theborneopost.com)|
Trail camera photographs that show that the strange animal reported by the locals was not only real but also a known (though secretive) animal!
The animal was a species of Bornean mammal known as the Sunda stink-badger, or Mydaus javanensis. The Sunda stink badger was originally thought to be a species of badger. However, thanks to DNA and morphological evidence, it was shown that the animal is actually closer to skunks (Mephitidae) than badgers.
|The true relatives of the Sunda stink bagder!|
The Sunda stink bagder is actually one of two members of Mephitidae outside of America. The other member of the genus Mydaus is the Palawan stink badger of the Phillipines.
|The Palawan stink badger|
The name "stink badger" is derived from the behavior of these skunks to emit foul-smelling secretions from their anal glands. This supports the claim that the dead animal killed by the plantation worker had a powerful stench to it. In fact, one man claimed that he could smell the stench from some ten metres away! The Sunda stink badger's diet consists of invertebrates such as worms. However, like skunks and their relatives the mustelids (although skunks and mustelids are not as closely related as thought), the possibility of Sunda stink badgers being aggressive towards humans that they feel threatened by is quite possible. These mammals live in burrows, which they dig themselves and reportedly sometimes share with porcupines. The animal's meat is reportedly of a good taste and their skins are sometimes traded. However, on the ICUN Red List, the Sunda Stink Badger is classified as Least Concerned.
|A Stink Badger's skull and dentition|
|Skunk standing on its hind limbs in alert of danger|
|The Sunda Stink Badger, truly an animal of Bizarre Zoology!|
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