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civet

a large cat-like animal but with short legs and a long muzzle and without retractile claws. The family Viverridae includes civets and genets; the civets are characterized by the secretion of a valuable scent from their anal glands, and are kept in captivity so that the scent can be harvested. They are nocturnal, carnivorous and largely arboreal. Common genera are Civettictis, Viverra and Genetta, but there are many other genera of civets. Also the spotted skunk, a completely unrelated animal, is known as a civet in the USA.
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Ludovico di Varthema apparently reported that the king of the "joghees" had civet cats in the large entourage he took on pilgrimages.
So, in 1622, in another kind of human will, John Jane, a sailor, is a man of his age when he bequeaths 30 shillings to one colleague on his ship The Charles, and then states: 'Alsoe I giue vnto John Betchered and Nicholas Johnson both belonging to the said shipp one Civet cat equally betweene them'.
Dr Kathryn Holmes, from the University of Colorado, said strains of the virus recently isolated from civet cats were different from the one responsible for the epidemic.
A ban on the sale of civet cats will be permanent, according to a senior health official.
Chinese scientists have discovered that the coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is also carried by foxes and cats in addition to civet cats, Chinese media reported Saturday.
It is likely that people were infected with the SARS coronavirus, a causative agent of SARS, from exotic animals such as civet cats in Guangdong Province, China, at an early stage of the outbreak.
Residents of Guangzhou (gwong-JOH), a city in southern China, often feast on exotic dishes, including wild animals like snakes and civet cats (weasel-like wildcats).
To combat the disease in China, authorities have slaughtered thousands of civet cats, believed to be SARS vectors.
There has been an official order to kill civet cats in China as they are thought to carry the SARS virus.
FRENCH film legend and animal rights campaigner Brigitte Bardot, pictured, has sent a letter to China's president urging him to end a policy of killing civet cats in the fight against the disease Sars.
BRIGITTE Bardot has sent a letter to China's president urging him to end a policy of killing civet cats in the country`s fight against Sars.
CHINA has ordered the slaughter of 10,000 civet cats and related species by the weekend to contain a possible Sars outbreak.