... and something changed in the man.
Instead of selling the civet cat at the market, the man phoned Bobi Handoko, who runs an animal liberation and environmental group called Ecoproject in Bukit Lawang, Indonesia. He told Handoko about the civet cat, and asked to meet him at a friend's house.
"We went there and sat and talked together," Handoko told The Dodo. "I explained the mission of Ecoproject and how we love to save and take care of animals. The owner of the civet felt bad after that, and he sincerely handed over his civet to Ecoproject."
The civet cat was understandably scared - she hissed at Handoko and crouched into a defensive position. Not wanting to stress the civet more than necessary, Handoko kept her in the mesh cage as he transported her to his property. It was there that the civet met Dalih, Bobi's house cat. "Dalih was a bit scared," said Handoko. "He seemed to have no idea what the civet cat was!"