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Very Long ‘Extinct’ Rat Found

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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9:18AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

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6:34PM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

thanks

6:59AM PST on Jan 31, 2013

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

6:40PM PST on Jan 14, 2013

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.

2:30AM PDT on May 7, 2012

great news thanks for sharing :)

7:34PM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5:15AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Stop-logging-there-now!

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

11:56AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

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

12:46AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Exiciting.

12:39AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Protect it at all cost.

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