After 60 years of not being seen in Indonesia, this strange mammal has reappeared. PHOTO/ AFP
SIDNEY – Scientists have rediscovered a long-lost mammal species in the Cyclops Mountains, Papua, Indonesia, more than 60 years after it was last recorded.
Attenborough’s long-beaked echidna, named after British environmental activist David Attenborough, was filmed for the first time on the final day of a four-week expedition led by a group of scientists from Oxford University.
Biologist James Kempton found images of the small animal walking through bushes on the latest memory cards taken from more than 80 remote cameras.
“We cannot describe our joy, and also our relief after being on the field for so long without returning, until the last day,” he said.
Echidna has the same name as a Greek mythological creature, and was described by a team of scientists as shy and nocturnal.
“It belongs to the monotreme group, a group of egg-laying animals that separated from other mammal species about 200 million years ago,” Kempton said.