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On the Wild Side: Strange news from the World of Wildlife!

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The Ringtail looks like a cross between a house cat and a raccoon. It can leap like a squirrel and, with its sharp claws, climb walls like a spider. These acrobatic skills help the animal hunt. But since it emerges from its den only at night, few humans ever see the Ringtail at work. And perhaps that's just as well.

Here's why: First, the Ringtail ambushes its prey (anything from a toad to a rabbit is fair game). Then, using its forepaws, it pins the animal down and, like a furry Count Dracula, administers a deadly bite to the neck. The meal proper then commences, usually with the Ringtail devouring its victim's head.

Click here to learn more about the Ringtail.