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Its a Fossa by Culpeo-Fox Its a Fossa by Culpeo-Fox
I always had a soft spot for Fossas for whatever reason - everything about them is weird. Weird name, weird appearance (catlike and yet anything else but a cat), weird anatomy (hence their latin name), weird sexuality features (females go through a fake masculization in their first years) - and boy, they sure do some weird sounds. Awesome critters.

This guy appeared on paper while randomly scribbling some Fossas. I kinda liked him, so here you go with Dean Prior (yeah, i named him after an english village).

I don't know yet who he is. We'll see.
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:iconcybertiger88:
CyberTiger88 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Wow cool! Someone that also knows fossas (before Madagascar I suppose). Yep, fossas are cool. =3
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SmilePuppy Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love fossas!
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dragonoid19syk Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw this and was curious about what sounds a fossa makes but all I can find are videos people took of fossa mating...where did you find out fossa sounds? (what does the fossa say Problem? )
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Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-4teB…

They do mate as well somewhere in this video but you can hear them making their sounds throughout the whole thing (yes, it is that weird "Ork Ork Aaaark W") :p
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dragonoid19syk Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I get its good that their reproducing (since theres only around 3000 left in the wild) but why record them doing it? that's the only thing I don't get.
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dragonoid19syk Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks
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:icondraconicat:
Draconicat Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Awesome!
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:iconzvier:
Zvier Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013

Weird animal indeed, like all the viverrids. :P

Lovely characters you have.

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:iconstormninjakapow:
StormNinjaKapow Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Weird creatures, these.
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:iconhalfwaynormal:
HalfWayNormal Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
You always come up with the most wonderful names.
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:iconculpeo-fox:
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, i didn't came up with it since Dean Prior...exists, as a village, that is. ;) But thank you. :)
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:iconponacho:
Ponacho Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ahhh omg i love fossa <333
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:iconoftheblessed:
OfTheBlessed Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Beautiful animal.
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:iconblackwolf543:
BlackWolf543 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist
aww i love fossas!!! their so awesome!
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:iconrubyrouge649:
rubyrouge649 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You always make animals very expressive despite being "strange" :)
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:iconculpeo-fox:
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :)
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:iconproofrockpilchard:
ProofrockPilchard Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the one on the left, with it's dignified bearing.
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:icongrunt360360:
Grunt360360 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
i just love fossas

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:iconjessmia:
jessmia Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
 This is cute! ♥
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:iconanimallover1990:
animallover1990 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
ive allways had a soft spot for Ethiopian wolves and all canids.
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:icondotb18:
DOTB18 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Fossas aren't canids, they're euplerids.
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animallover1990 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
i know its just culepo said she had a soft spot for fossas and i was saying what i had a soft spot for.
but thank you anyway.
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Fossas are awesome!
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:iconbitfly:
BitFly Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous, Ms. Culpeo! The colors are quite smooth and those eyes of his are beautiful! I had always been curious about Fossa but I never got around to learning anything about them. I'll have to brush up now that you've adopted one into your lovely slew of characters, and I look forward to seeing what you do with him. If I might ask, what did you draw this with?
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:iconsecoh2000:
secoh2000 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work on the expressions! 
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:iconkuronaki:
Kuronaki Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Hell yeah, a Fossa! Since Madagascar they have a place in my heart xD
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:iconthebattycrow:
TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THE FOOSA!
Sorry, really cheap Madagascar joke :giggle:
I don't think I noticed just how unique and beautiful these creatures are, very sleek and sinewy, perfect hunters :)
This sheet really endears them to the viewers
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:iconmirka-dragon:
Mirka-Dragon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Very beautiful drawing! :) Fossa is one of my favorite animals! I love them! :D
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:iconfireprincessandrea:
FirePrincessAndrea Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
that tail it beautiful (really one minded sowwy...)
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:iconerkhyan:
Erkhyan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
I always feel like I’m the only one left who has never seen a live fossa, despite living where they do… ^^;
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:iconculpeo-fox:
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
How is that possible? You're even from Madagascar. 8D
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:iconerkhyan:
Erkhyan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Well… we don’t have them in zoos. We could only see them in their natural habitat, which isn’t quite accessible to us city-dwellers—and even when we go there, they’re shy animals who flee at the first sign of an approaching human. So, the closest I ever came to seeing a fossa was when I gathered a handful bloody feathers it had left behind, more than 15 years ago.
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Siochanna Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013   Photographer
Madagascar FTW
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:iconroxalew:
Roxalew Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Haha, yes agreed, they are quite gorgeous animals ^^ really wonderful work with the colouring too, it looks amazingly professional :D
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:iconoralle08:
Oralle08 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A fossa! I love fossas. :dummy: I love this guy's design, too. Awesomesauce!
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:iconculpeo-fox:
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Fossas need more love.
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:iconoralle08:
Oralle08 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ever since Madagascar... :shakefist:
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:iconwaterlightfading:
WaterlightFading Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

GASP

A FOSSA

I have rarely seen any art of these wonderful creatures, these are gorgeous sketches! ^^

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:iconculpeo-fox:
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!

And yes, Fossas are still rare here. Gonna change that. :P
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WaterlightFading Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
Ah, wonderful! I can't wait to see more! ^^
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MiraKHall Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Masculization"?  How so? :? (these species were NEVER taught in my schools back in the late 90s, early aughts, so I don't know very much, I'm afraid ^^;)
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Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Read about it here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fossa_%2…

It's pretty unique among mammals and the species itself rather unknown in general.
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MiraKHall Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, it's like the spotted hyena, then.  Female hyenas are known to have those as well :O_o:

Hmmm, do any of the biologists know whether or not these guys have rough tongues like a cat?  That might separate it from the felis genus altogether (although I'm not well-versed with both the mongoose and civets family in contrast to my total nerd-dom with big and small cats ^^;)
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Simplios-Staxios Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

He looks sarcastic.

But I like him.

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:icond-rock92:
D-Rock92 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, learn more about the world everyday. Interesting sounding animal.
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:iconnyxiandragoness:
NyxianDragoness Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hmm. I SHALL be looking up Fossas for a while now, pardon me. *walks into large crowd*
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qwtze Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YES YOU KNOW OF THE FOSSA
I love fossa ermahgerd
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