New Rat Species Found on Philippine Island

A new species of rat has been found on a mountain in the southern Philippines, the country's environment department said on Wednesday.
Hamiguitan batomys, or "hairy-tailed rat," is a yellow-brown rodent with a long and furry tail.
Weighing about 6.2 ounces, it lives 3,117 feet above sea level in the mossy forests of Mount Hamiguitan on Mindanao island.
It was discovered in a joint U.S.-Filipino expedition in 2006 that involved experts from the Chicago-based Field Museum of Natural History, the Filipino government agency said in a statement.

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