Civet Versus Mongoose

Last night there are some noises heard in the chicken coop of Mr. Brown. This morning, when Mr. Brown checked his own chicken coop, he found that one of his chicken is lost. “Uh, it must be stolen by civet” he said. After he investigated, finally he found that not the civet who stole his chicken, but the mongoose. Did you know what the difference between civet and mongoose?

 

Civet

Asian Palm Civet

Asian Palm Civet

Civet lives in trees and active in night time. Its fur is brown or black. Upper part of its body is grey or dark red. Its forehead and side of the face are white. And there are black lined in its nose, forehead and its head.

Civet likes ripe fruits, such as mango, papaya, banana, rambutan, sugar palm fruit, and coffee fruit when it red. The seed of fruit that has been eaten by civet then will be excreted through the feces. The seed of coffee, rambutan, and sugar palm fruit that excreted through its feces usually will grow as a new seedling.

For peoples who live in rural area, civet is the good friend for farmer. Civet will help them to cultivating sugar palm tree and coffee naturally. In the coffee producer area, civet are taken care and maintained for producing luwak coffee bean which have good price in market.

Mongoose

Indian Gray Mongoose

Indian Gray Mongoose

Mongoose lives in holes underground. Mongoose likes to walk around in the bush or savanna. Sometime it been seen crossing the road.

At a glance, this animal is like a civet. But, the body shape is smaller and thinner than civet. Mongoose fur is red colored and its tail longer than its body.

Mongoose is carnivore. It likes to hunts rat and snake, also it likes to hunts birds, frogs, lizards, scorpions, grasshopper, crickets, crabs, and chicken.

Some people considered that mongoose is a pest. But, in many countries, mongoose was used in plantation for controlling rats which are damaging rice and sugar cane.

Vocabulary

chicken coop A chicken coop is a farm building for housing poultry
chicken chicken is a domesticated bird that is raised on farms for meat or eggs.
stolen stolen means something taken without the owner’s consent
civet civet is cat-like mammal typically secreting musk used in perfumes
investigated To investigate is to look into something systematically.
mongoose Mongoose is agile grizzled Old World viverrine; preys on snakes and rodents
difference Difference is a word for things that are not the same.
fur Fur is the fuzzy hair on an animal like a rabbit or a raccoon.
forehead Forehead is the part of the face above the eyes
nose Nose is the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals
head Head is the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains
ripe ripe means fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used
mango A mango is large oval tropical fruit having smooth skin, juicy aromatic pulp, and a large hairy seed
banana banana is a curved, yellow fruit with a thick skin and soft sweet flesh.
rambutan A rambutan is pleasantly acid bright red oval Malayan fruit covered with soft spines
sugar palm Sugar Palm is Malaysian feather palm with base densely clothed with fibers; yields a sweet sap used in wine and trunk pith yields sago
coffee fruit Coffee fruit is a fruit that grows on a coffee tree. Even though we call them coffee “beans,” they are actually the seeds of the red, juicy, cherry-like fruit.
seed A seed is a mature fertilized plant ovule consisting of an embryo and its food source and having a protective coat or testa
excreted excreted means eliminate from the body
feces Feces is a technical word for poop: the brown stuff you excrete from your butt. Everyone makes feces.
coffee Coffee is a beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans
seedling Seedling is young plant or tree grown from a seed
rural Rural means relating to or characteristic of the country or the people who live there. Area for living in or characteristic of farming or country life.
farmer farmer is a person who runs and works on a farm. Some farmers raise a variety of food crops, while others keep dairy cows and sell their milk.
cultivation Cultivation is agriculture production of food by preparing the land to grow crops (especially on a large scale)
take care Take care means be in charge of or deal with
maintained Maintained means kept in good condition
luwak coffee luwak coffee or civet coffee is the coffee that includes part-digested coffee cherries eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet (Indonesia).
bush bush is a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
savanna savanna is a flat grassland in tropical or subtropical regions
shape shape is the visual appearance of something or someone
carnivore carnivore is something (animals) that feeds on the flesh of animals.
rat Rats are mouse-like rodents with long tails, pointed noses, and whiskers. Rats are often associated with filth and disease.
snake Snake is limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous
bird Bird is warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
frog Frog is any of various tailless stout-bodied amphibians with long hind limbs for leaping; semiaquatic and terrestrial species
lizard Lizard is a type of reptile that has relatively long-body with usually two pairs of legs and a tapering tail
scorpion Scorpion is arachnid of warm dry regions having a long segmented tail ending in a venomous stinger
grasshopper Grasshopper is terrestrial plant-eating insect with hind legs adapted for leaping
cricket cricket is a chirping insect that resembles a grasshopper. Male cricket makes chirping noises by rubbing the forewings together
crab crab is a stubby sea creature with a flat body, eight legs, and claws.
considered considered decision is one that you have carefully thought about for a long time; carefully weighed
pest A pest is
any unwanted and destructive insect or other animal that attacks food or crops or livestock etc.
plantation plantation is a large agricultural property dedicated to planting a few crops on a large scale.
controlling Controlling means able to control or determine policy
damaging Damaging means sometimes followed by to causing harm or injury.
rice Rice is annual or perennial rhizomatous marsh grasses; seed used for food; straw used for paper
sugar cane Sugar cane is tall tropical southeast Asian grass having stout fibrous jointed stalks; sap is a chief source of sugar
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