More sightings of jungle beast in Halesowen

2:58pm Tuesday 11th February 2014

TWO more sightings of the roaming Asian palm civet have been reported in Halesowen.

The cat-like creature, which took a flying leap at a father-of-two and bit his hand as it stalked his quails, is still on the loose.

No-one has admitted owning the nocturnal mammal, native of Asia and Southeast Asia, as an exotic pet after it was reported in last week’s News.

The predator, whose feeding habits are adaptable, eating birds, small mammals, amphibians and reptiles, as well as seeds, grains and fruits, was spotted in a garden in Kenswick Drive.

Rachel and Dan Bennett watched the civet try to break into their quail pen for almost three hours before it gave up and disappeared.

Mr Bennett needed hospital treatment to four puncture wounds in his hand from the civet’s bite.

Following the News report, a resident of nearby Hagley Road, revealed they had seen what they thought was a racoon and reported it to the RSPCA.

Mount Street resident Barbara Hall encountered the beast, whose usual habitats are tropical jungles and rain forests, in her back yard.

She said: “As I didn't know what it was, I didn't hang about to see where it went. All I know is that it gave me a fright.”

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