The Malabar civet is a Critically Endangered mesopredator from southwestern India. It has not been seen since the 90s and a subsequent attempt to locate individuals in 2014 failed to find any. Some people assume that it is extinct.
As of this morning, I saw this post appear in my Reddit feed that shared the gif I posted above and was immediately intrigued. The prospect of an e trembly rare species resurfacing during a lock-down is exciting. However, I am skeptical.
I have found no other news sites covering this sighting, and I would expect something like this to make at least a few sensational headlines. I do not know where this footage was taken. Additionally, civets can be difficult to identify from a distance. I will attempt to find diagnostic descriptions of this species later today, but in the meantime, what do you think? Is this a legitimate Malabar Civet?