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December 17th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


CNN.com reports that two new species of mammals have been discovered in the Foja mountains rainforest in eastern Papua province of Indonesia: a giant rat (see that cuddly otter-looking thing on the left) and a tiny possom (with that squinchy little possum fist on the right).

Papua has some of the world’s largest tracts of rainforest, but like elsewhere in Indonesia they are being ravaged by illegal logging. Scientists said last year that the Foja area was not under immediate threat, largely because it was so remote.

“It’s comforting to know that there is a place on Earth so isolated that it remains the absolute realm of wild nature,” said expedition leader Bruce Beehler. “We were pleased to see that this little piece of Eden remains as pristine and enchanting as it was when we first visited.”

Congratulasians to the Foja region for being so fucking remote that no one on the planet wants to rape and pillage its resources/build a condo complex there, so that we can, in the 21st century, meet cute new furry animals like those two weirdly-sized cuties above.

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