ichneumon   
fanaloka
a species of ichneumon. Eupleres goudoti. [Richardson 1885]
The ichneumon, or Fanaloka, is about twenty inches long, with a bushy tail of about a third that length, and is covered with thick warm brown fur. Its claws are long and are used to dig up the eggs of crocodiles, on which it is said to feed [Sibree: Naturalist]