New Giant Rat, Pygmy Possum Discovered
Scientists believe they have found two new undocumented mammals – a pygmy possum and a giant rat – in the jungles of a remote mountain range in Indonesia's Papua province, a conservation group said.
During an expedition to Papua's Foja Mountains in June, Conservation International (CI) and Indonesian scientists documented the two mammals – a Cercartetus pygmy possum, one of the world's smallest marsupials, and a Mallomys giant rat, the conservation group said in a statement.
The giant rat is about five times the size of a typical city rat, Kristofer Helgen, a scientist with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, said in the statement.
"With no fear of humans, it apparently came into the camp several times during the trip," he said.
Tags: Mammal | Giant Rat | Rat | Pygmy Possum