Find the fossa!

Here’s a tweet from Asia Murphy, sent by Matthew Cobb, who loves “find the. . .” photos. Matthew adds that Asia is doing a Ph.D. on the mammals of Madagascar. Matthew tells us NOT to go looking for the answer on Asia’s Twitter feed, as that would spoil the fun.

If you want to know what a fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) looks like, here’s one. They are carnivorous mammals in the family Eupleridae, which contains only 10 species, all endemic to Madagascar.


And here’s the enlarge photo. Can you spot this creature? Answer at 1 pm Chicago time:



  1. Randy schenck
    Posted February 11, 2017 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Very difficult but do not want to spoil the search of others by saying.

  2. Billy Bl.
    Posted February 11, 2017 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Never heard of Eupleridae before. Dug out my old Mammalogy textbook. Fossa used to be classified as a viverrid. Jeez, I’m getting old.

  3. Posted February 11, 2017 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Failed to find the fossa. Probably. I see a couple suspect objects that probably are not the fossa, but we’ll see.

  4. E.A. Blair
    Posted February 11, 2017 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    I’m pretty sure I spotted it, and it was pretty easy (providing I’m right about what I saw).

  5. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted February 11, 2017 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    I might see it. Not sure.

  6. Steve Brooks
    Posted February 11, 2017 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    I think I found it. A hint is that the viewer should think of thirds.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted February 11, 2017 at 11:21 am | Permalink

      I was thinking left…

  7. rickflick
    Posted February 11, 2017 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    At first I thought it said fossil. I imagine a fossil fossa would be even harder to find. I have no idea where it is, so I’ll just grab a full lungful of breath and hold it ’till all is revealed.

    A beautiful creature sure enough.

    • Jeremy Rigsby
      Posted February 11, 2017 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

      There is a fossil fossa. The giant fossa Cryptoprocta spelea which is I suppose technically a subfossil, as it seems to have gone extinct circa AD 1000 around the same time as Malagasy hippos. The animal persists in some Madagascan languages and folklore and of course in cryptozoological fancy.

      • nicky
        Posted February 11, 2017 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

        Gone extinct around 1000 AD? Shortly after Madagascar was colonised by humans, I presume…
        And did the giant ‘Elephant bird’ not disappear around the same time?

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