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The red-crested tree rat — only known because of the existence of two specimens captured in Colombia in 1898 — hadn’t been seen for over a century and was feared extinct. That is until one simply ambled up to a pair of biologists in May 2011 while they were camping in the field. The creature even stuck around for a photo shoot before wandering back into the dark forest. It’s impossible to say from this single finding how many individuals exist, but given that extensive searches for the animal have turned up nothing until now, it’s safe to say that it’s extremely rare.8 species on life support

The red-crested tree rat — only known because of the existence of two specimens captured in Colombia in 1898 — hadn’t been seen for over a century and was feared extinct. That is until one simply ambled up to a pair of biologists in May 2011 while they were camping in the field. The creature even stuck around for a photo shoot before wandering back into the dark forest.
 
It’s impossible to say from this single finding how many individuals exist, but given that extensive searches for the animal have turned up nothing until now, it’s safe to say that it’s extremely rare.
8 species on life support

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