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13 of the cutest tree-dwelling animals in the world

By: Bryan Nelson on June 3, 2013, 5:34 p.m.
A common genet on a tree in a zoo enclosure

Photo: Guérin Nicolas/Wikimedia Commons

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Closely related to civets, these little tree-climbers hail from Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Because they are feliforms, they are also distant relatives to cats, and carry many of the same behavioral characteristics you might recognize from your pet feline. Also like cats, they have retractable claws, a wily intelligence, and hunt for small rodents, birds and reptiles. If it's small and moves quickly, they like to chase it.

Due to many of these similarities with cats, genets have become popular in the exotic pet trade. But remember: These are wild animals, and are far more aggressive when compared to the typical house cat. Make sure you know what you're getting into before you ever take a genet on as a pet.