20 May '11, 6pm

Last seen in 1898, red-crested tree rat pokes its nose out (Cuteness!)

This is a very fuzzy, cute rodent, and no one has seen one like it since 1898. It's called a red-crested tree rat, or, more evocatively, a red-crested soft-furred spiny-rat. This one wandered up to two volunteers at Fundacións ProAves' El Dorado Nature Reserve in Colombia earlier this month and hung around for a couple of hours, just chilling like it wasn’t supposed to be extinct or anything. ProAves is launching what it calls a "major effort" to save the species, now that we know there are some.

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-05-20-last-seen-in-1898-re...

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care2.com 20 May '11, 9pm

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