World Cup: Portugal’s Common Genet (Genetta genetta)
This crazy-looking drawing is of a common genet, also called a small-spotted genet (I think the hyphen is important, but not everyone uses it) or a European genet. It’s representing Portugal in Group G of the Mammals of the World Cup series. It’s a carnivore in the Viverridae family, with the civets and linsangs. It lives in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, and it mostly eats smaller animals. It’s nocturnal and a very skilled hunter. Walker’s Mammals of the World says, “The genet’s slender and loosely jointed body allows it to go through any opening its head can enter.”
Portugal’s soccer team, which includes a player whose full name is Danny, made it to the Round of 16 in this World Cup, where it was beaten by Spain, 1-0.