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Spectacular Mammal Rediscovered after 113 Years

01 June 2011
Red-Crested Tree Rat (photo © Lizzie Noble/ProAves www.proaves.org)

Washington, D.C. — A unique and mysterious guinea-pig-sized rodent, not seen since 1898 despite several organized searches, bizarrely showed up at the front door of an ecolodge at a nature reserve in Colombia, South America. The magnificent red-crested tree rat (Santamartamys rufodorsalis), stayed for almost two hours while two research volunteers took the first photos ever of a creature the world thought would never be seen again.

 

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