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Dirty Jobs - What was that animal?

  1. Jan 21, 2008 #1

    DaveC426913

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    On Dirty Jobs tonight, Mike Rowe was helping an Big Animal Veteranarian. What was that critter? It looks like it could have been a wolverine or fisher but it had a very pointed snout like a possum has. Big white whiskers.

    I can't describe it well, but I've been ruling things out with my biologist sister and Googling it.

    The key is the sharp pointed snout - completely unlike weasel, mink, otter or wolverine.
     
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  3. Jan 21, 2008 #2
    Was it the Bearcat? I recall seeing one on his show once. I tell you, that show made me aquire respect for so many people.
     
  4. Jan 22, 2008 #3

    NateTG

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    That description makes me think of Giant Anteaters.
     
  5. Jan 22, 2008 #4

    DaveC426913

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    Yep that was it.

    Knowing the name I could Google it and found this recap.
     
  6. Jan 22, 2008 #5
    I'd love to see a bearcat upclose, such a cool animal.
     
  7. Jan 22, 2008 #6

    jim mcnamara

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    They have a strange smell because of the musk gland under the prehensile tail. The fur is more like straight steel wool, really not soft at all. And they do eat a lot of bananas, at least the one I was around had a corner on the local banana market. He ate something like 6-7 pounds of bananas along with other fruit and some eggs. Every day.
     
  8. Jan 22, 2008 #7

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    According to the show, the smell is indistinguishable from popcorn.

    That was one of the notable things I was trying to descrinbe to my sister. It didn't look like otter fur or anything sleek - it looked grayish and had a texture like an old man's hair.
     
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  9. Jan 22, 2008 #8
    Ok so now I wanna be up close to Sam Elliott and a bearcat!
     
  10. Jan 22, 2008 #9

    DaveC426913

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    I think I was once described thusly by a girlfriend. Come on over.:biggrin:
     
  11. Jan 23, 2008 #10
    She said you smelled like popcorn?
     
  12. Jan 23, 2008 #11
    My girlfriend said I reminded her of popcorn. Jiffy Pop popcorn actually. She said 30 seconds a pop and not very satisfying.
     
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  13. Jan 23, 2008 #12

    DaveC426913

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    Badum tsk!
     
  14. Jan 24, 2008 #13

    jim mcnamara

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    And tribdog gets the "straight line thru the name" award for this thread.... Oh well.
     
  15. Jan 24, 2008 #14

    DaveC426913

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    If you wait too long before taking it out, does it start to burn?:rolleyes:
     
  16. Jan 24, 2008 #15

    jim mcnamara

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    You guys are gonna get fish-whapped or something....
     
  17. Jan 24, 2008 #16
    Actually, she was talking about trying to have a serious conversation with me, but I see where your mind is.
     
  18. Jan 24, 2008 #17

    DaveC426913

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    You have ADHD?
     
  19. Jan 25, 2008 #18

    jim mcnamara

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    Dave -

    No, he has only a DVD.
     
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