Strange animal species found in Sinharaja

2016-02-29 23:23:05

A new animal species was discovered in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve this evening by Wildlife officials, the Sustainable Development and Wildlife Ministry said.

The officials had rushed to scene following information received around 4 pm about a strange kind of animal in the forest.

The animal was found after an extensive search in the Panapola Kosgulana area between Weddagala and Pothupitiya in the Sinharaja forest reservation.

Wildlife officials informed the department that the animal could not be identified and it appeared to look like a golden mongoose or polecat. But it was different from other polecat species, because it had no tail and its fur was yellow and brown.

The forest department is seeking assistance from the villagers or individuals who have seen this animal. This animal weighing around 3.3 kgs is 60 centimeters long. The officials suspect that the animal may not have a tail as it was lost at a younger age. the height of the animal, including its arms span, is about 39.1 centimeters.

The department said necessary genetic experiments were to be carried out to identify this animal.

  Comments - 13

  • yakada Tuesday, 1 March 2016 01:10

    Why killed ?

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    Imiaz Tuesday, 1 March 2016 02:36

    So they killed it!?

    Reply : 0       3

    Raj Tuesday, 1 March 2016 04:31

    There are 225 such strange and unique species close to Diyawanna oya!

    Reply : 0       3

    CitizenPerera Tuesday, 1 March 2016 19:56

    Good one Raj! And all these "species" will do anything for money.

    Reply : 0       2

    Sumedha Munasinghe Tuesday, 1 March 2016 05:56

    So Was this animal killed to identify?

    Reply : 0       2

    Chakka Tuesday, 1 March 2016 12:04

    Looks like a Wolverine...

    Reply : 0       2

    Nalaka Wijesundara Tuesday, 1 March 2016 12:13

    Was this animal actually killed or tranquilized? Latter cannot be assumed according to the Sri Lankan way. Overall sensitivity is nil, if this happens in any other country first think of preserving...OMG

    Reply : 0       2

    mnsmart Tuesday, 1 March 2016 17:30

    Identify a new animal, SL style

    Reply : 0       2

    Roger Tuesday, 1 March 2016 18:45

    Looks like a golden palm cat.

    Reply : 0       1

    AnimalEnthusiast Wednesday, 2 March 2016 13:29

    Golden Palm Civets have long tails, this one doesnt.

    Reply : 0       1

    lak Tuesday, 1 March 2016 18:50

    This is terrible! Why it is killed ??

    Reply : 0       1

    Batman Tuesday, 1 March 2016 21:06

    Look like hyena.. but smaller than those

    Reply : 0       0

    Arnold Wednesday, 2 March 2016 13:24

    Whats the use identifying the animal after it is killed?

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