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The animal on the cover of Office 2003 XML is a Malay palm civet (Viverra tangalunga). These mammals are native to the Malay peninsula, including parts of Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar, and Malaysia. Like other palm civets, the Malay is around 17-28 inches long with a tail length of 16-26 inches. It weighs from 3 to 10 pounds, and their its color ranges from gray to brown. The markings on its face resemble those of a raccoon. The civet has four anal glands that it uses to expel an extremely strong-smelling secretion that is used to discourage attackers. This musk was once used by perfume makers in their products. However, animal rights groups objected to the cruel harvesting process and most manufacturers now use synthetic alternatives to approximate the scent.


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