The Cutest US Mammal You’ve Probably Never Seen
Nature Conservancy - Science
MARCH 15, 2017
Ring-tailed cat, miners cat, bassarisk, cacomistle; the ringtail ( Bassariscus astutus ) goes by many names. A ringtail by any name is just as cute. As Rosemary Stussy, a retired Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist once put it , “on a scale of one to 10, their cuteness factor is a 15.”.