Rodents of Unusual Size

A shrinking habitat
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Author:  Johneames [ Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:55 am ]
Post subject:  A shrinking habitat

You'd think finding a giant rat would be easy, but Lavery spent five years searching for the elusive rodent.

While spending time on a tropical island may sound like paradise, Lavery said that it was a gruelling experience: long hikes through the forest, plenty of long rainy days setting up traps and cameras, and digging through layers of vegetation to try to find some clue as to the rat's existence.

And then by accident he and his colleague Hikuna Judge found vika.

Lavery and his colleague spotted the rat scurrying out from a tree that had been logged near the community trying to protect its rich forest from logging companies active throughout the islands where various species of these giant rats live.

The researchers captured the injured rat, which later died.

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