Earlier this month, a mammal thought to be extinct for 113 years suddenly showed up at the front door of an ecolodge in Colombia... alive!
Credit: Conservation International
The Red-crested Tree Rat hasn't been seen since 1898 despite extensive searches. Yet on May 4, 2011 at around 9:30PM, the rodent - about the size of a guinea pig - totally unexpectedly showed up at El Dorado Nature Reserve, a facility established in 2005 by Fundacion ProAves.
"He just shuffled up the handrail near where we were sitting and seemed totally unperturbed by all the excitement he was causing," shares Lizzie Noble, a volunteer researcher at ProAves who - with fellow researcher, Simon McKeown - rediscovered the tiny mammal.
After staying in the ecolodge and posing for photos for nearly two hours, the rat quietly returned to the forest.
Incredible. Now, I know there's still hope for the woolly mammoth.