Amazing binturong-related breakthrough stuns binturologists worldwide

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Since ancient times, humans have wondered why the binturong, a south asian animal also known as a bear cat, smells like popcorn. Other varmints smell like musk, poop, urine, rotting things, or have their own particular brand of funk such as Wet Dog®. The binturong, however, smells distinctly like hot buttered popcorn.

Duke University researchers have now isolated the exact same compound from binturong urine that gives popcorn it’s aroma, 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline. The binturong gets plenty of this stuff on itself when it urinates. The scientists theorize that the purpose of the scent is to let other animals know, “A binturong was here.”

Let’s look at more pictures of binturongs.

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