20 May '11, 9pm

Red Rat Returns after 113 Years

Red Rat Returns after 113 Years

The red-crested tree rat had not been seen since 1898, when William McKinley was President of the United States, despite several organized searches–yet one appeared just this month in the El Dorado Nature Reserve in northern Columbia. (It is also called the Red Crested Soft-Furred Spiny-Rat.) Lizzie Noble, who was one of the volunteers who spotted and photographed the very rare red rodent said, “He just shuffled up the handrail near where we were sitting and seemed totally unperturbed by all the excitement he was causing. We are absolutely delighted to have rediscovered such a wonderful creature after just a month of volunteering with ProAves. Clearly the El Dorado Reserve has many more exciting discoveries waiting”. (Source: ProAves ) El Dorado Nature Reserve was established in 2005 by Fundacion ProAves which is Colombia’s foremost bird conservation organization. They had...

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