Bearcats Smell Like Buttered Popcorn, And Scientists Say They Now Know Why

Apparently scent isn’t always the best guide of what to eat – after all, bearcat pee smells like hot buttered popcorn. No joke.  Scientists say they’ve solved the mystery of why the Southeast Asian mammals emit an odor resembling a tasty snack. They’ve also figured out that the smell is not coming from the scent glands under their tails as previously thought. As it turns out, the animals’ urine contains the exact same aroma compound that’s found in certain foods, like the mouthwatering snack. In a study, published online last week and to be printed in the June 2016 edition

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