Adorable bearcat born on St. Valentine’s Day sets hearts fluttering with debut appearance

The cute bearcat was born on St. Valentine’s Day in Łodż Zoo. Grzegorz Michałowski/PAP

A rare bearcat cub born on February 14th has made its first public appearance to the delight of zookeepers and the public.

The Valentine cub born at Łódź Zoo is the first offspring of parents Amalka and Tassimo who met in 2017. 

A spokesman for the zoo posted on Facebook: “Here is the new inhabitant of the Łódź Zoo – a small binturong or bearcat. 

Zookeepers have yet to name the cub or determine its gender.Grzegorz Michałowski/PAP

“It is special in many respects, because it was born on the day of love and together with its parents they are the only binturong family living in Polish zoos.” 

Handlers have yet to determine the bearcat’s gender though they suspect it is female. 

The adorable cub is the first bearcat to be born in Poland and, with its parents Amalka and Tassimo, they are the only bearcat family in the country.  Grzegorz Michałowski/PAP

When they find out they will give the cub a name. 

At the moment the bearcat family is staying in the zoo’s monkey pavilion, as they are waiting for their own home to be prepared in the orientarium – a section for South-East Asian animals.

At the moment the bearcat family is staying in the zoo’s monkey pavilion, as they are waiting for their own home to be prepared in a section for South-East Asian animals.Grzegorz Michałowski/PAP

While there are other bearcats in captivity in Europe, it is rare for them to reproduce.

Also known as binturongs, bearcats are native to South-East Asia. 

Resembling bears, rather than cats with which they share more DNA, they are omnivores hunting for small mammals, birds and fish, but eat also fruit, snails, insects or earthworms. Grzegorz Michałowski/PAP

Resembling bears, rather than cats with which they share more DNA, they are omnivores hunting for small mammals, birds and fish, but eat also fruit, snails, insects or earthworms. 

Binturongs are an endangered species, due to their natural habitats, the rainforests, being cut down.