It is 50 centimetres long, it weights 500 grams and was recently discovered in the Solomon Islands. It is so big that can open coconuts with just its teeth – according to the local people. But our new ‘friend’ is now at risk of extinction. Its main threat? Humans. Did you understand what we are talking about? A giant rat.
Until 2015 only local people knew about it. But now that it’s been discovered and then identified in 2017 as a new species, with the technical name of “Uromys Vika”, researchers also realised it’s already risking extinction.
— The Field Museum (@FieldMuseum) 27 settembre 2017
This rat could escape the ‘eyes of science’ until now thanks to its elusive behaviour and a life spent on trees. In fact, the first specimen discovered, was found after a tree was cut down on the island of Vangunu in November 2015.
The massive rodent was examined by researches and the DNA analysis confirmed it to be a new species never classified before. The findings have been published and you can read the details in the Journal of Mammalogy.
Unfortunately human actions already destroyed 90% of its habitat, the local rain forests, putting the newly found animal at big risk – and not only it (Ed.). Will we be able, one day, to create good and long lasting things, rather than destroying them? So far only God succeeded in it – but men are not gods and their results prove it (Ed.).