Blood samples from the animal found in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve by Wildlife officials on Monday were sent to the Genetec Institute in Colombo for identification, Wildlife Department (WLD) Director General Chandrasiri Bandara said.
The animal which is believed to be from the species of Mongoose has not yet been clearly identified.
The WLD said the animal had no tail and its fur was yellow and brown.
Mr. Bandara said the Genetec Institute’s gene tests would soon identify whether the animal is a kind of deformed mongoose species.
He said they believed that the animal was killed in an accident.
This body weighing around 3.3 kgs is 60 centimeters long. The height of the animal, including its arms span is about 39.1 centimeters.(Piyumi Fonseka)