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Five Men Who Really Know How to Blow: VIDEO


Some folks just relax on their tropical vacations. The Bottle Boys preferred to liven theirs up with a rendition of "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid.


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Extinct Rainbow Toad is Alive, and Photographed for First Time


Borneo's Rainbow Toad was thought to be extinct, and has not been seen since 1924, the BBC reports:

Prior to these images, only illustrations of the toad had existed. These were drawn from specimens that were collected by European explorers in the 1920s. Conservation International, which launched its Global Search for Lost Amphibians in 2010, had listed the toad as one of the "world's top 10 most wanted frogs".

Dr Indraneil Das led a team that searched the ridges of the Gunung Penrissen range of Western Sarawak, a boundary between Malaysia's Sarawak State and Indonesia's Kalimantan Barat Province.

After several months of night-long expeditions, one of Dr Das's graduate students eventually spotted a small toad in the high branches of a tree.

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."


Watch: Rare Sundaland Clouded Leopard on Film for First Time


The Sundaland clouded leopard of Borneo has been caught on video for the first time, AFP reports:

"The leopard, a healthy-looking animal a metre long (3 feet) and weighing about 40 kilos (90 pounds) was caught on video at night at the Dermakot Forest Reserve in Malaysian Borneo's Sabah state. The Sundaland clouded leopard was classified as a new species through genetic studies several years ago and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature designated it as endangered in 2008."

Said Azlan Mohamed, a field scientist with University Sabah Malaysia: 'What surprised us was that while clouded leopards are very elusive cats, this one was not scared at all. Despite our powerful spot lights and the roar of our vehicle's engine, it walked around our vehicle calmly. It is rare to see the big cat in the wild. These cats are usually shy of humans, it was by chance we caught it on video."


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Serpentis Photoshoppus Terrifies Villagers in Borneo


A member of a disaster team monitoring flood regions in Borneo by helicopter who perhaps also knows Adobe Photoshop has released this photo of a mythical monster apparently familiar to folks in the region:

"People who have studied the photograph of the shape taken from the air have dismissed suggestions that it's a log. As one writer asked: 'A log can't be that winding, can it?' Others have suggested it's a speedboat, but this has been dismissed because of the twisting wake. The most common accusation is that the photo has simply been manipulated on a computer, while others complain that the river is a different colour to the real Baleh rover which is a murky brown. But villagers who insist the snake exists say that photos of the creature being taken in different parts of the river prove it is swimming about."


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