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."


Posted July 29, 2010 at 10:29am ETC by Andy Towle
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