A mysterious creature that baffles millions online, who cannot determine what the cat-like animal is, with guesses ranging from lemurs to weasels.
A clip of the black and white creature, which has leopard-like markings with a shaved tail and hooded face, like a raccoon, collected more than two million views overnight.
The video, which can be seen here, was posted on @kinkatopia’s TikTok on Monday with the caption: “Jolteon is that you?”
Jolteon is a type of Pokemon, with the official website explaining whether this creature is “angry or stunned, the fur all over its body is like sharp needles piercing enemies,” just like the creature in the video.
Many people have shared their thoughts on the animal, as Matrino 15 joked: “It’s a Mohawk lemur.”
“It’s a raccoon-cat-stegosaurus!!!” Michael Alvarado joked.
Natalie asked, “Is this a cat or a weasel?”
Toribeps quipped: “The raccoon looks different to me.”
Brenda Ortiz wrote: “I’ve never seen a hyena mixed with a raccoon!! Picasso loved it!!”
“Oh so we’re just pulling mystical animals now,” Galen Pratt joked.
Seriously what, Abye Leg said.
Banana counts: “Fox hyena, cat lemur.”
Peter Mansion asked, “What a wonderful thing.”
Lyssa commented: “I don’t even know what I think I see….what a unique cat…”
The reference to the character in MadagascarYoung Nikko added, “King Julian has been busy.”
TikTok’s bio states that it belongs to kinkajous’s mother, better known as the Honey Bears, and is believed to be run by Alexandra Ashe.
Ash is CEO and founder of Kinkatopia, a non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of life for kinkajous, explaining that a number of animals live in their own home.
But the strange animal in the video is not the kinkaju, but rather hereditary. There are 14 identified species, including small and large forested and spotted genera, according to the African Wildlife Foundation.
“Genes are long, slender omnivores that look like a cat, with their tails as long (if not longer) than the body,” the site said.
Ashe, who is believed to be based in Florida, has shared videos and clips of her gene on social media, called Norman, with recent posts suggesting she has received a second, dubbed Norma Jean.
To elaborate more on the newcomer, one Instagram post said, “Norma will be joining Kinkatopia early next week. She is currently traveling from Oregon to South Florida with Felicia Wilson!”
“Norma is a five year old Gene who recently lost her mate. We are so grateful to Newport Discovery Zoo for commissioning us with this beauty! newportzoo.”
“When she arrives, she will be quarantined to settle in. We need to take it very slowly. It’s not like a cat like Norman. It’s 100% genetic.”
“Michael and I are totally committed to her and want to do everything we can to keep her happy and to make sure all the animals can coexist. Since she is a rescue and a donation to the sanctuary – she will be part of the non-profit.”
“Norma Jean is here and settles down,” commented on Saturday’s post.
Jane Ash’s current, Norman, who is now believed to be the star of the viral video, is very different. In another post on Insta, Ash explained: “Norman makes his own rules.
“Little Dot Genes are not traditional pets. Norman has a very special personality and temperament because he grew up with the cats in our house.”
“Tell me more about this cat-fox-weasel-lemur,” the on-screen caption said, referring to the unique genetic appearance.
According to the African Wildlife Foundation, genies live up to eight years in the wild, but can live up to 34 years in captivity.
They share similarities with domestic pet cats, as the site notes: “They can squeeze their floppy bodies through any opening larger than their heads. They are also nocturnal hunters and camouflaged. Like cats, they kill with a quick touch to the neck.”
Their diet also has some distinctive dishes, AFW writes: “Although classified as carnivores, they are omnivores and will eat what is readily available. This can include small mammals – especially rodents, shrews and bats – egg birds and frogs.” millipedes, worms, scorpions, and various fruits.”
NEWSWEEK I contacted Ash for comment.