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Researchers Find Unknown Mammal in Indonesia


Researchers say they have found what may be a new species of mammal on Borneo Island.

Biologist Stephen Wilffraat of the World Wildlife Fund says the animal is a little larger than a domestic cat, with small ears, large hind legs, dark red fur and a long, bushy tail. He says none of the experts that have been consulted can identify the mysterious carnivore.

The animal was twice photographed by an automatic camera set up in the island's Kayan Mentarang National Park on the Indonesian side of Borneo. The WWF hopes to catch a live specimen.

If the find is confirmed it will be the first new carnivore species found on Borneo in more than 100 years.

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