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New Giant Rat, Pygmy Possum Discovered

giant ratScientists 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.

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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.

Source: Stuff
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