Very Long ‘Extinct’ Rat Found

The Dinagat cloud rat, has been found once again on Dinagat island in the Phillipines. The endemic rat species which lives only on Dinagat, was believed to be extinct but a Czech couple who was honeymooning there videotaped a live one. Zoologist Milada Rehakova and her computer programmer husband combined their honeymoon with a ten day research project on the island and observed the cloud rat in a forested area.

“My husband, programmer Vaclav Rehak, saw a big hairy rat creeping through the vegetation slowly at the beginning of 2012. A week later, we took the first photographs and video recordings [of the rodent] in the wild,” said Milada Rehakova-Petru. (Source: MongaBay)

Most people would not consider rat research to be a great way to experience a tropical honeymoon, but thankfully some do. Rehakova and her husband were able to make the first sound recordings of the very rare rodent, and capture still and video images. The last official sighting of one was in 1975. Adult dinagat rats can measure up to nearly 22 inches long and most of the length is in the tail.

Though it is very good news the dinagat cloud rat is not extinct, it is critically endangered and only lives in a small habitat of less than 100 square kilometers. This very small habitat is already threatened by chromite and nickel mining activities. Additionally logging is taking place on the island.

Image Credit: Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation

 

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49 comments

Aud Nordby
Aud n3 years ago

ty

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Terry V.
Terry V3 years ago

thanks

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Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W4 years ago

Jane, this one lives in a forested area, not in people's cellars!

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Wendy M.
Wendy M4 years ago

Rats should be exterminated? I'm sorry Jane R, what???

I think this is great news. Good on this couple for spending their honeymoon documenting this rat. Well done.

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Carrie Anne Brown

great news thanks for sharing :)

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Jane R.
Jane R4 years ago

Rats should be exterminated! It doesn't make me happy that it's not extinct. They carry viruses and diseases that can be transmitted and be fatal to humans. I believe in the protection and preservation of many animals, but not rats! They are all over the place in the U.S. Many causes of home fires are contributed to rats in the attic. They chew into electrical wires and your home burns down. What is more important, the rat, or your home and your life? I choose my home and my life over the life of a rat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Knut Franckenstein
Knut F4 years ago

Stop-logging-there-now!

Save-the-rat....and-eat-the-loggers!...barbe-cue-them!

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Susan Oliver
Susan Cytko4 years ago

Amazing to know the creature if I saw it I would not have known it had been extinct.

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Yulan Lawson
Yulan L4 years ago

Exiciting.

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Joy Wong
Joy W4 years ago

Protect it at all cost.

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