Czech researchers find Philippine rat believed to be extinct

Czech researchers have found a species of rat on an island of the Philippines that was believed to be extinct. The Dinagat bushy-tailed cloud rat was previously known only through a single specimen from the island, described in 1975. Zoologists Václav and Milada Řeháková spotted the nocturnal tree-dweller in January in the last virgin forest on the island. The brown, 55cm rodent is one of the largest in the world and has been sought in vain by numerous scientific expeditions. Logging and mineral mining has devastated its habitat on the Dinagat Islands and left the rodent critically endangered.