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Otter Not Seen for 100 Years is Photographed in Borneo


The hairy-nosed otter was captured on a camera trap in the jungles of Borneo. It hasn't been seen for a century, Treehugger reports:

"The most recent spotting occurred after one of the otters was struck by a car and killed in Brunei. The last live sighting occurred more than 100 years ago. The species was so rare that many thought it had vanished from its native home and perpetuated by only a few small satellite populations in Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia....Camera traps—which have been placed throughout Sabah, Borneo, as part of a Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research project—captured photos and video of several different otter species. Initially, researchers believed they had only captured images of smooth-coated otters and Asian small-clawed otters."


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  1. It must be a slow news day. That's all I've got to say about this lame post.

    Posted by: Hank | Jul 29, 2010 10:44:50 AM

  2. I prefer my otters with hairy chins.

    Posted by: Gianpiero | Jul 29, 2010 10:50:29 AM

  3. Gosh, he doesn't look a day over 80!

    Posted by: Steve in DE | Jul 29, 2010 11:45:50 AM

  4. If you don't like the posts, stop reading the blog. It's as simple as that. Why the need to spout your negativity?

    Posted by: ben | Jul 29, 2010 11:51:22 AM

  5. @HANK - yet apparently you have the time to sound off on it? If you don't like it, move along. Some of us actually appreciate posts like this.

    Thanks Andy!

    Posted by: AERES | Jul 29, 2010 12:39:16 PM

  6. I always wondered what became of Harry Otter.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 29, 2010 1:20:31 PM

  7. I, for one, love the nature posts, astronomy posts and all sorts of other interesting science items for non-scientists. More, please.

    If all this blog had was pictures of pretty twinks and where the last hate crime took place, it would be a very boring and unoriginal place. Andy's recognized that gay people have diverse interests and that's why his blog exploded far beyond most other glbt-themed blogs.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jul 29, 2010 1:32:05 PM

  8. Totally agree with Ryan. Keep the diverse news coming!

    Posted by: Vlad | Jul 29, 2010 2:19:05 PM

  9. I can just hear the thoughts of wild game hunters upon reading this news,
    'Hey, a hairy-nosed otter still exists! Let's go kill it'.

    Posted by: Rodney W. | Jul 29, 2010 5:04:05 PM

  10. Oh, come on now, how do they know it's the same one?

    Posted by: johnie | Jul 30, 2010 6:38:43 AM

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