PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Scientists have discovered one of the world’s largest rats in a secret volcano!
The new species has been temporarily called the ‘Bosavi woolly rat’ until a scientific name is chosen. The trapped specimen weighed about 3.5 pounds and was almost 3 feet long!
It was first caught on an infrared camera trap but scientists had to see it in person to be sure it was a new species. It has a silver-brown coat of thick long fur, which is believed to protect it from the drastic temperature changes in the volcanic crater.
Mount Bosavi, the species found, is an extinct volcano that lies in the remote Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Members of the local Kasua tribe, who acted as trackers for the expedition, live outside the crater, which is 2.5 miles wide and has walls up to 3,000 feet high, trapping the creatures that live within.
BBC News has video of the discovery of the rat.