Strange animal species found in Sinharaja

29 February 2016 11:23 pm - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


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

  • Imiaz Tuesday, 01 March 2016 02:36 AM

    So they killed it!?

    Raj Tuesday, 01 March 2016 04:31 AM

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

    Sumedha Munasinghe Tuesday, 01 March 2016 05:56 AM

    So Was this animal killed to identify?

    mnsmart Tuesday, 01 March 2016 05:30 PM

    Identify a new animal, SL style

    Roger Tuesday, 01 March 2016 06:45 PM

    Looks like a golden palm cat.

    lak Tuesday, 01 March 2016 06:50 PM

    This is terrible! Why it is killed ??

    CitizenPerera Tuesday, 01 March 2016 07:56 PM

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

    Batman Tuesday, 01 March 2016 09:06 PM

    Look like hyena.. but smaller than those

    Arnold Wednesday, 02 March 2016 01:24 PM

    Whats the use identifying the animal after it is killed?

    Chakka Tuesday, 01 March 2016 12:04 PM

    Looks like a Wolverine...

    AnimalEnthusiast Wednesday, 02 March 2016 01:29 PM

    Golden Palm Civets have long tails, this one doesnt.

    Nalaka Wijesundara Tuesday, 01 March 2016 12:13 PM

    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

    yakada Tuesday, 01 March 2016 01:10 AM

    Why killed ?

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