Mystery mammal discovered in Borneo’s forests* 00:01 06 December 2005
* NewScientist.com news service
* Shaoni Bhattacharya
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.
Experts are mystified by the new creature, with some saying it looks like a civet, and others say that it resembles a lemur. Even the natives haven’t seen it before! More…
Find the above photo and another of the mystery animal (in higher resolution) here.
I’m betting on it being a Fossa.
Check out the resemblance to the Madagascar Fossa:
There is research that shows that half of the human population of Madagascar came from Borneo around about a thousand years ago… So it isn’t THAT improbable that someone brought a couple of Fossa ancestors to Madagascar! (or even just one pregnant female)
An article regarding the migration of people from Madagascar to Borneo can be found here.