Mystery mammal discovered in Borneo’s forests

The new beast, with its dark red fur and long tail, could be a new
species of marten or civet, or belong to a new group entirely
(Image: Stephan Wulffraat, WWF)

“New species are always exciting, and new species of cuddly things are exciting,” says Nick Isaac, a research fellow at the Zoological Society of London, UK.

But he warns it may be difficult to establish whether the new find genuinely represents a new species, or just a variation on a known species. “My reservation is – is it a range extension, or a slightly different colour morph of something we know about?”

Sobering thought — with the clearance of Borneo’s forests for palm oil production,
this animal could be extinct before it is named.