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Surprising Pictures: Catlike Creature Rides on Rhino

Editor’s note: James Kydd is the creator and editor of the blog rangerdiaries.com and a professional safari guide.

A type of catlike creature called a genet has been spotted catching a ride on the backs of buffalo and white rhinos, new camera trap pictures reveal.

As cameras, social media, and technology advance, more and more wildlife interactions are recorded and shared by documentary makers, photographers, and the nature-watching public around the world.

However, have you ever considered what percentage of nature’s secrets and untold stories we actually bear witness to? It is likely a fraction of a fraction of a percentile, too small for most of us to even comprehend.

The beauty of camera traps is that they can give us insight into a world we might not otherwise have knowledge of.

As a safari guide, I’ve seen some bewildering things. A lion taking food to an enemy pride. A leopard adopting another leopard’s cub. But when friend and director of Wildlife ACT Simon Morgan showed me the following photographs, I burst out laughing in disbelief.

Volunteer monitors at Wildlife ACT came upon these remarkable images while reviewing their camera traps.
Monitors at Wildlife ACT came upon these remarkable images while reviewing their camera traps. Photograph courtesy wildlifeact.com

In Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, South Africa, volunteers assisting Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife on a threatened and endangered species monitoring project noticed something strange when reviewing their camera trap photographs.

Their cameras had captured a Cape buffalo … with a large-spotted genet riding on its back.

From the same camera trap, the genet is photographed riding what seems to be a different buffalo bull (compare the right ear)
From the same camera trap, the genet is photographed riding what seems to be a different buffalo bull (compare the right ear). Photograph courtesy wildlifeact.com

As if that wasn’t enough, there were other images of the genet riding what seems to be a different buffalo.

Simon came to visit me the following day. “You’re not going to believe this,” he chuckles, “it gets even weirder!”

What appears to be the same genet, at the same camera trap, now riding a white rhinoceros!
What appears to be the same genet, at the same camera trap, now riding a white rhinoceros. Photograph courtesy wildlifeact.com

It seems the genet was not content with riding just buffalos and had now been caught hitchhiking a ride on the back of a white rhinoceros.

Large-spotted genets are small nocturnal omnivores related to civets and belonging to the family Viverridae. They are mostly tree-dwelling creatures and prey on insects, birds, frogs, and rodents, although there have been recordings of them killing baby antelopes, a seemingly impossible feat for a creature of their size.

What could be the reason for this association? Was the genet hunting insects or feeding on parasites off the backs of these large animals? Was it preying on things like grasshoppers and mice that had been disturbed by the movement of the buffalo and rhino through the grass, much as an egret or a drongo would? Perhaps it feels this is a relatively safe, mobile vantage spot?

Follow the Wildlife ACT Facebook page for more updates on this remarkable    interaction
Follow Wildlife ACT here for more updates on this remarkable genet. Photograph courtesy wildlifeact.com

What are your thoughts on this interaction? Have you heard or seen of anything else like this? Please let us know in the comments below.

Genets are part of the family Viveridae and are closely related to civets and  mongooses. Image by safari guide Robin Cheeseman of &Beyond Ngala.
Genets are part of the family Viverridae and are closely related to civets and mongooses. Photograph courtesy safari guide Robin Cheesman of &Beyond Ngala (rangerdiaries.com)

More about camera trap monitoring:

Wildlife ACT uses camera traps as a noninvasive form of wildlife monitoring on a few of the Zululand Game Reserves where they are stationed. The camera traps are placed strategically and usually in hard-to-navigate areas and are triggered by movement. These camera traps are perfect for monitoring generally shy or nocturnal animals or priority species such as rhinos, cheetahs, and leopards. By studying the photographs collected they are able to identify individual animals and plot their territories. This is critical to their ongoing research and makes it easier to monitor the wildlife in the future. 

More about Wildlife ACT:

Wildlife ACT is a one-of-a-kind wildlife-monitoring organization that focuses on the following key conservation elements:

  • Delivering time and expertise to provide adequate management, capture, or transport for the reintroduction of endangered and threatened species to new areas (with a focus on African wild dogs, cheetahs, black rhinos, and vultures)
  • Finding and funding the right equipment needed to effectively monitor endangered and threatened species
  • Training field rangers to monitor these species by using the right approaches and technologies to minimise disturbance
  • Establishing and running sustainable, focused wildlife monitoring projects

Wildlife ACT allows volunteers to join their team in the field. To find out more about volunteering with Wildlife ACT, email, info@wildlifeact.com.

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  1. Madison Anthony
    January 4, 2015, 5:09 pm

    To me, my mind, I think it looks almost like a lemur in the face and cheeta in the lower body.

  2. Diane West
    September 18, 2014, 1:00 pm

    the first thing that came to my mind is that all species of animals are starting to ban together to survive, losing their environment and all that..

  3. Alex
    September 14, 2014, 4:36 pm

    Like Adam, I grew up in Africa as well and we had a lot of genet cats as pets. They are very gentle and friendly animals. We would walk around with them on our shoulder as well. I think they are just comfortable up there and they like to perch. So cool that they do that with seemingly dangerous animals as well.

  4. Begoña Medina
    September 14, 2014, 2:21 am


    • James Kydd
      September 23, 2014, 11:05 am


  5. Adam
    September 11, 2014, 9:43 pm

    I grew up in Africa and had several genets as pets over the years. I don’t think they’re endangered. If so, they’re the most common endangered animal ever. They did the same thing to people as they’re doing to the rhino. They love to perch. I’d walk around with one on my shoulder frequently. Very entertaining animals but I wouldn’t call them intelligent. I doubt much thought went into the genets’ decision there. It completely fits their personalities though.

  6. Desiree Haakonsen
    South Africa
    September 11, 2014, 8:46 am

    Aw, that’s my Twitter feline friend, Genet Jackson – @genetjackson!

  7. prashant
    September 11, 2014, 2:22 am

    its amazing never seen before that kind of combination .
    nice capture .

  8. Ted
    California - www.cheesemans.com
    September 11, 2014, 1:51 am

    If only the genet would warn the rhino of poachers, that’d be real mutualism!

  9. Javier Garcia Alonso
    Maldonado, Uruguay
    September 11, 2014, 12:36 am

    I think that it maybe a symbiosis. Genets might eat haematohagous bats (vampire bats) on the backs of the rhinos, cows etc and get protected from big predators and big mammals would happily walk around in the forest without blood suckers

  10. Dee
    September 10, 2014, 10:29 pm

    Everyone knows about heater cats, right? lol

  11. Hilton
    September 10, 2014, 8:24 pm

    I’ve seen this behavior before on my deer monitor cameras in the woods. Wildcats will hang around feeders as the deer come in at night. they can see large moths and little animals disturbed by the deer and will chase them down. They use the deer as ” brush poppers” . I think also, the Genets may be on the backs of the animals to catch the bats which try to take the blood from the large animals backs. With those ears I am sure they could pick up the bat song. Hilton

    • James Kydd
      September 23, 2014, 11:07 am

      Interesting! Thanks Hilton!

  12. Ardy
    September 10, 2014, 7:12 pm

    Lot easier to find lost golfballs (or other desirables in this case) on horseback than it is on foot.

  13. patrick salem
    September 10, 2014, 6:19 pm

    as you say this catlike loves insects. Rhino and bffalos love when one is eating insects on their back.

  14. Richard
    September 10, 2014, 5:51 pm

    I was wondering whether we are watching several genets or just one going back and forth using different rides.

  15. Nisbet
    September 10, 2014, 5:06 pm

    Please note genets are NOT cats! They are taxonomically as different from cats as cats are to dogs.

  16. Spearwielder
    United States
    September 10, 2014, 3:17 pm

    It looks to me like a very hungry genet keeps pouncing on prey much too large, then can’t figure out how to finish it off and eat it. 😉

  17. David
    September 10, 2014, 11:26 am

    We had one of these living in our guard tower on base in Djibouiti. We named her Krispie for her love of Rice Krispie treats. She was the sweetest and most adorable animal I’ve ever had the pleasure of interacting with. Not only did she keep the rats out of the tower, but she loved to play and would literally crawl all around my shoulders, hop in my lap, and lick my face until I consented to give her belly rubs. I would have loved to bring her home with me, nocturnal creature or not.

  18. Wilhelmina
    September 10, 2014, 8:39 am

    Our domestic house cat rides on the back of our milk cow just like this. The reason? Where I live its cold much of the year, and the cow’s back is a great source of heat.

    • James Kydd
      September 23, 2014, 11:10 am

      Thank you for this Wilhelmina!

  19. Maan
    September 10, 2014, 8:38 am

    lazy cat, i suppose. the big animals don’t seem to mind having it on their backs, maybe they’re like scratching agents for the big animals.

  20. Pyter
    September 10, 2014, 7:58 am

    Just friends returning from ballad.

  21. Vivaldy Pramono
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    September 10, 2014, 6:43 am

    wow, ive never seen stuff like that before. very interesting.

  22. Dan
    September 10, 2014, 3:36 am

    I’m reminded of a documentary I saw a while back that was called, “Wildlife of London”. The doco followed some birds, pigeons I think , that would catch a lift on the commuter trains between stations. The birds seemed to know what they were doing and where they were going. Maybe your genets are just catching a lift along well trodden paths.

  23. Katri
    September 10, 2014, 2:36 am

    Have you seen a cat riding on a robot-vacuum cleaner? Or climb the shoulders of a human or dog’s back? My guess: it does so because it wants and because it is able to do so. Felines are curious and lazy.

    I also believe that the buffalo and rhino think that that little furry creature is okay. Even a small friend is a friend and a good travel companion. Why waste time and energy on its eviction if it is not a threat.

  24. Mike
    Southern California
    September 10, 2014, 2:28 am

    Not surprising. I had a Rhode Island Red hen who used to ride on the back of our horse all the time. She also slept away from the other chickens in the horses stall with him. They seemed to enjoy each other.

  25. Briana
    September 10, 2014, 1:54 am

    Yet one more example of how we humans just simply can’t know everything about everything, nor should we! These kind of things are what keep our imaginations exercised and our hearts begging to learn more, and with the help of technology, we are given such unique opportunities of seeing a glimpse here and there of the secret life of animals. Any animal is capable of so many things and it has been humans whom have limited the expectations of an animals abilities. This has yet again brightened my evening! Thx NG and James Kydd for sharing(;

  26. Darren Azzopardi
    September 10, 2014, 1:08 am

    I think that the gennet, cool cat that he is, was just trying to impress the ladies.

  27. Elaine
    North Carolina
    September 9, 2014, 11:08 pm

    Thank you National Geographic, you have given me joy for as long as I have been able to turn your pages. As a small child, your magazine was a most awaited treasure. As a young adult, you filled my heart with wonder. As a parent you brought my family closer sharing your pages. Now as a senior, I am still visiting all the places life didn’t afford me, through your wonderful pages. Again thanks, for filling my life with wonder and joy.

  28. Tim
    North Dakota
    September 9, 2014, 10:01 pm

    My best guess would be, the animal kingdom is pairing up because it’s scared of humanity. Kinda like people do when they fear the abnormal, not everyone teams up with their own kind. Animals are very smart, and I would say survival instinct.

  29. Kirk
    San Francisco
    September 9, 2014, 9:43 pm

    It obviously just saw Guardians of the Galaxy and is looking for it’s very own Groot.

  30. greg fietz
    September 9, 2014, 8:19 pm

    Hey, did you guys see the lion kill and eat the mother baboon and then cuddle and protect the mums baby baboon until the other male baboons collected it to live happily ever after. Right here on Nat Geo..Wonderful animals.

  31. Ken
    September 9, 2014, 5:31 pm

    That’s known as CATching a ride

  32. Juls
    September 9, 2014, 5:00 pm

    Look at those ears, hilarious!!!! It looks a bit frightened/confused though…

  33. abdoulaye niang
    September 9, 2014, 3:57 pm

    here in senegal it is called (NDIAPANE) it beheads the chicken …..and houses in which there are chicken are sure to be visited by this creature !! what a horrible wake up once it passes through your house lol !!

  34. Jimbo51
    September 9, 2014, 2:28 pm

    The cat (night creature) are the eyes for the rhino or buffalo. The trade could be the Ganets superior night vision will keep an eye out for hunters while the larger animal feeds and provide a “taxi” service for the cat.

  35. Salvador Zamorano
    September 9, 2014, 12:45 pm

    Es un inteligente corre menos riesgo en ese transporte; llega a donde encuentra alimentos jajajaja

  36. Richard Knowles, B.Sc.(Biol)
    Vancouver British Columbia
    September 9, 2014, 11:58 am

    As a scientist, I can at least say that coming to any conclusions based on one data point is inconclusive. Do set up other traps to see if this is pervasive in the cat community as otherwise this is single response to any number of possible unique one off situations -eg the animal’s young are nearby and at risk so going on top to warn them seemed the only solution, it may be a method for self preservation with big feet walking in your hunting ground, there may be larger flying insects above the larger animals to catch and eat and the larger animals all appreciate hitch hiking helpers for sight warnings of predators and/or acting as a feeder for pesky bugs. Regardless to the many possible reasons, it’s a great discovery and humourous as well!

  37. marck angulo
    September 9, 2014, 10:57 am

    la vida silvestres puede guardar muchos secretos, los animales entre si se pueden ayudar a sobrevivir, defenderse de sus depredadores y utilizar o aprovechar circunstancias de otros para sacar beneficio sin dañar al otro animal, me parece que la vida silvestres nos sorprende mucho y es un claro ejemplo de la armonía entre ellos, tal vez nosotros los seres humanos no sabemos con certeza que es lo que llevan a que los animales adopten este tipo de comportamiento, pero es muy curioso

  38. Joanna
    Houston, TX
    September 9, 2014, 9:41 am

    My pet genet used to ride my dog around -until the genet eventually got a little too rough.

  39. caryn o'keefe
    September 9, 2014, 9:01 am

    An elevated, mobile hunting platform would be advantageous. My question is, what’s the benefit for the animals being ridden? Or do they just think it’s a particularly heavy parasite-eating bird?

  40. Nicolò
    September 9, 2014, 8:41 am

    I don’t know.. an educated guess:
    maybe the genets can help alarm the ridden animal about predators. After all four eyes are better than 2, especially if apt to see in the dark

  41. Holly
    September 9, 2014, 6:24 am

    I don’t find this odd at all. I grew up around horses and barn cats ride around on them all the time. The cats even sleep on them. Cats and horses are often really good friends. This isn’t all that different.

  42. Sue-Ellen Hillier
    September 9, 2014, 5:50 am

    I love the national geographic in that I can live vicariously thru your images. This little animal is an example of so many I have never heard of. At the top of my bucket list is to one day go and see first hand these amazing creatures. THANK YOU National Geographic for your education and beautiful pictures.

    • James Kydd
      September 9, 2014, 6:37 pm

      Thanks Sue-Ellen for your lovely words

  43. Ellen Rutter
    Jersey girl.
    September 9, 2014, 5:10 am

    Beyond belief…. 🙂 I hope and pray my comment helps you guys crack this mystery. And good luck… Because… Obviously you’re going to need it…. 🙁 AND what else can I say…. Except…. Have a nice day…. 🙂

  44. pateyc
    United States
    September 9, 2014, 4:52 am

    it’s probably because it’s safer or because it’s safer than being on the ground. on the back of a big thing, seeing further and having a big distracting thing to take the heat off you when shit goes down. only danger is birds, but not at night.

  45. Jess Bond
    September 9, 2014, 4:45 am

    Maybe the genet just needed a ride?

  46. Tina
    September 9, 2014, 3:59 am

    we’ll need something else to monitor because no one else can do it as good as David Attenborough getting down and dirty

  47. Gareth Jones
    September 9, 2014, 3:34 am

    This “genetic tactic ” got me thinking …WHY ? ….well there could be …method in this madness …..maybe ???….Just like some birds use animals like buffalo to cause insects etc to move and then they catch them ….perhaps the genet rides on large animals like rhino and buffalo , and when the large herbivore causes a small animal like a field mouse to move the genet then dives onto the unsuspecting rodent from above ……This is just my thinking >>>>> What do you all think ?

  48. Jean McCall
    California, USA
    September 9, 2014, 3:34 am

    Maybe this is just a very safe way to get to new digs. More food, more mates, more opportunity? It could catch on….

  49. Penn
    North Carolina
    September 9, 2014, 3:31 am

    Hi People. I am a photographer, artist, etc., I love the creatures who inhabit this planet with us. We still (in spite of developments, evil humans, and some not always good laws) have many indigenous species here. I would like instruction on where to get and how to place animal trap photographic equipment. Thank you.

  50. João Brandão
    September 9, 2014, 2:44 am

    What a ‘cheap’ way to hunt with a view from above and yet stay on the move. Brilliant. 🙂

  51. Dr. Arora
    September 9, 2014, 2:09 am

    have observed monkeys riding on the cows many times …with a friendly behavior a female monkey riding on the back of cow on daily basis was observed.

  52. Subhash
    Sittingbourne UK
    September 9, 2014, 2:07 am

    Having grown up in the shadows of Mt Kilimanjaro I too have seen some amazing things. Africa has many surprises still to be discoverd in the wildlife canvas. Camera traps would surely reveal such gems

  53. angel roman
    September 9, 2014, 1:55 am

    Hola me encanta la pagina solo que no se mucho el idioma si pudieran poner una opción de cambio de lengua seria lo máximo gracias ojala me entiendan chao

  54. Ed Rosenblum
    Brooklyn, NY
    September 9, 2014, 1:39 am

    Genets are neither “wild cats” nor “catlike creatures.” They were once classified with the mongooses, but they constitute a distinct family of their own, the Viverridae.

    Since small carnivores can be the victims of larger carnivores, one possibility for this behavior is safer transport through dangerous areas. There is even a zoological term, phoresy, for the practice of animals (commonly insects or mites) using animals of other species solely for transport.

    Another possibility is that animals do things for fun, such as otters repeatedly sliding down snowbanks. This genet may have simply found himself an unusual form of enjoyment.

    Either possibility would be an example of animal thinking.

  55. Sisi
    September 9, 2014, 1:27 am

    Maybe the buffalos and rhinos give good belly rubs? Maybe the cat kneads on the buffalo & rhino backs for a nice massage? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws8j9EKg7hQ

  56. Lisa
    September 9, 2014, 1:21 am

    I can only offer this apparently similar behavior:


  57. Jérémy
    September 9, 2014, 12:56 am


  58. Jérémy
    September 9, 2014, 12:55 am

    Hahahaha! I guess this genet like the temperature of those two big animals.

  59. Joan Peterson
    September 9, 2014, 12:32 am

    I dont find this that unusual. It reminds me of cats that I have seen jumping on horses backs and being quiet comfotable up there.

  60. Jonathan
    September 9, 2014, 12:12 am

    I feel like they’re hitchhiking on the backs of other animals for protection and its a lot easier to move around and save energy.

  61. Wampa Clown
    September 8, 2014, 11:52 pm

    Most likely using the larger animal for protection and for “snagging” free meals; i.e. the insects that the larger animals attract as well as the smaller animals that are also attracted to the insects (e.g. birds, reptiles, and smaller mammals).

    Symbiotic relationships are very common in the wild.

  62. Roger
    September 8, 2014, 11:47 pm

    Easy, nearly predator-proof transport with the occasional kicked-up prey as mentioned. But I’d be curious if they might be doing this just before first light when sleepy tick birds would be flying down to do their own hunting on the large mobile feasts that are Cape Buffalo and rhinos…!

  63. L. Katz
    September 8, 2014, 11:43 pm

    “If I fits, I sits.”
    What is true of cats is apparently true of genets, too.

  64. lisa
    cherry hill nj
    September 8, 2014, 11:39 pm

    Could the Genet be riding for its own protection from predators? Good choice for big brother.

    • James Kydd
      September 9, 2014, 6:41 pm

      Very possible Lisa!

  65. Jane
    Victoria Canada
    September 8, 2014, 11:34 pm

    I think that the little foxes ride the buffalo and rhino, because when the large animals walk they flush insects and other small creatures from the grasses and bushes, so the creature on their backs can feed easier.

  66. Henry kockedhie lueth
    Rumbek [lake state] south sudan
    September 8, 2014, 11:33 pm

    It’s amazing picture

    • James Kydd
      September 9, 2014, 6:42 pm

      They absolutely are Henry!

  67. Verna brunet
    September 8, 2014, 11:19 pm

    Everybody knows cats love body heat. Those large critters probably nice & warm.

    • James Kydd
      September 9, 2014, 6:45 pm

      Interesting comment Verna!

  68. JW Knight
    Wichita Kansas
    September 8, 2014, 10:54 pm

    I’m sure it’s a symbiotic relationship. The Genet get’s to ride around to it’s destinations and eats the insects/parasites on the large animals. So basically working/eating for it’s ride around.

    You see it all the time in the wild, one animal helps the other, which in turns helps them. It works.

  69. Prasad Np
    September 8, 2014, 10:52 pm

    In India wildlife authorities are successfully using tiger camera traps to photograph pictures of tigers in Bandipur and surrounding Project Tiger areas. The pictures captured do through surprises but mainly the stripes of tigers captured are used to identify the tigers, their range etc. More can be read here: http://desitraveler.com/tiger-census-camera-trap-volunteer/

  70. Alyce Cato
    September 8, 2014, 10:40 pm

    Why do domestic cats ride roombas?

  71. Charlene Stafford
    United States
    September 8, 2014, 10:32 pm

    Unreal, so amazing LOL comical! Wonder what it was thinking riding on their backs! So wish I could of done stuff like this!! Always love animals! Kinda depressing seeing all the capabilities and not being part of it. Just enjoying all your pictures!! Comptaplateing painting some

  72. Greg Beans
    Minneapolis, MN
    September 8, 2014, 10:31 pm

    Omnivores who prey on insects, birds, frogs and rodents? Doesn’t sound right to me.

  73. Arjun Vijayaraghavan
    September 8, 2014, 10:28 pm

    I believe by catching a ride,the Genet has a vantage point and a vast choice of prey while conserving a lot of energy,that would be spent otherwise hunting on it’s legs.It’s what i call “Hop on buffet”.

  74. dhiraj raut
    warora Dist- chandrapur
    September 8, 2014, 10:27 pm

    you are nice profile

  75. Carla Assor
    September 8, 2014, 10:16 pm

    Can’t you see?? the cat-ish devil controls them like normal cats control us!! so this is how it begins!!! They’re going to make the world adore them like in ancient Egypt all over again!!

  76. mtnrunner2
    September 8, 2014, 10:03 pm

    If you were a tiny animal in a dark realm of predators, wouldn’t you ride on the rhino’s back??

  77. Supratik dam
    September 8, 2014, 9:57 pm

    These are amazing and exceptionally good photos

  78. Nicholas Cavalluzzi
    Belleview Florida
    September 8, 2014, 9:56 pm

    The gennets may just be curious or haveing fun we should not look to deeply.

  79. Matthew Powell
    Madison Heights, Va.
    September 8, 2014, 9:44 pm

    It all boils down to first impressions. These animals encountered each other in a non threatening way, allowing them to spark friendly curiosity, which led to trust. Once the Genet experienced it’s first ride, it got hooked like an adrenaline junkie, and clearly learned how to befriend the others, which led to him riding multiple animals. Its all in how you aproach it. I’ve learned from handling pythons, if you’re holding one and you move your free hand toward it, you may get bit, but if you move the hand the snake is on toward your free hand, you’re less likely to get bit. Every encounter is a new experience to learn from.

  80. Irieman242
    September 8, 2014, 9:42 pm

    Might ride animals in the night for protection from its prey

  81. Eldon King
    Newfoundland, Canada
    September 8, 2014, 9:34 pm

    You mentioned prey, but not predators. Maybe the huge beast hitch-a ride is a combination of safety and prey location.

  82. Philippe Pelletier
    Montreal Quebec Canada
    September 8, 2014, 9:29 pm

    My cats never like to walk in very open spaces. They sprint through the grass from our hedge to the door. I always wondered about this. The cats are originally from a farm where there are hawks. My guess is they sprint to avoid predators – hawks. Perhaps the genets avoid predators this way.

  83. Amy
    September 8, 2014, 9:26 pm

    What a great way for the genet to hunt undetected! Rodents probably don’t run from the large animals.

  84. Hafij
    September 8, 2014, 9:18 pm


  85. Robert Atkinson
    cumberland, bc, canada
    September 8, 2014, 9:13 pm

    Evolution is a powerful force. An endangered species travelling safely on the back of a large herbivore makes sense

  86. Robbe Vyncke
    Ghent, Belgium
    September 8, 2014, 9:09 pm

    A way to protect themselfs against larger predators(?).

    • James Kydd
      September 9, 2014, 8:35 pm

      Perhaps Robbe!

  87. Graham Doherty
    September 8, 2014, 9:03 pm

    As well as providing protection from even the largest of predators it’s a good vantage point to spot prey from

  88. Rafael Abreu
    September 8, 2014, 9:01 pm

    Cats tend to go to high places, which is a possibility. Another, which I think is more cool, is that these large animals are good perches and also frighten potential prey of their shelters.

  89. Kanchana Muralidhar
    September 8, 2014, 8:49 pm

    In India We have birds sitting on the back of a cow or buffalo & the buffalo is happy because all the ticks are being eaten so the same scene for this civet. Both the animals are happy because one gets food to eat and another gets its body cleaned. Nature has its own ways.

  90. Brian
    September 8, 2014, 8:34 pm

    wow … so cool!

  91. Helix Otterran
    September 8, 2014, 8:31 pm

    Looks like they stumbled upon a Genet taxi route.

  92. Cynthia
    Los Angeles, CA
    September 8, 2014, 8:26 pm

    I am guessing it has to be something symbiotic. I can’t imagine a rhino allowing this guy a ride unless it’s beneficial to it. Genet’s are omnivores, so maybe eating bugs? Plus, I don’t know of many predators that would normally hunt this cat that will mess with these large animals. Just my 2 cents 🙂

  93. ;catsprat
    United States
    September 8, 2014, 8:24 pm

    Clearly, it’s just another opportunistic, freeloading cat.

  94. Fr3d
    September 8, 2014, 8:18 pm

    Depending on whether the images recorded the cat’s activity in a single night or several, the genet could either be hunting from an aerial viewpoint or using the larger animals as a taxi service between two highly frequented points.