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Mystery creature puzzles zookeepers

Posted on Thursday, 22 September, 2011 | Comment icon 55 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: CC 3.0 Shannon Davis

 
Nobody has been able to identify the strange animal left to a zoo in China by an anonymous man.

Its exact species has become a topic of hot discussion both at the zoo in Wenling, China and on internet forums. Some of the zookeepers believe the creature to be some type of monkey, while others have suggested it to be a bush baby or more recently - a spotted cuscus based on the appearance of its nose, eyes and tail.

"With a nose that looks more like a rodent's but long, pointy paws and white fur dappled with brown and orange, he is quite unique."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #46 Posted by minera on 24 September, 2011, 3:50
i bet he was smuggled in but they did not know what to do with it so the set it free.
Comment icon #47 Posted by Bavarian Raven on 24 September, 2011, 20:22
haven't read all the replies but thanks for posting the link cute looking creature
Comment icon #48 Posted by BaneSilvermoon on 25 September, 2011, 11:34
Besides, the picture used for this article on the front page, is on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Spotted_Cuscus. I'm normally a wee bit annoyed by posts about "why is this on unexplained mysteries!?" But I have to agree on this part. Kind of odd that the "mystery animal" post has a picture of a DIFFERENT animal of the same species, heh
Comment icon #49 Posted by CAUTION SONIC TOXINZ FLAME on 27 September, 2011, 18:29
Its Cute I kinda of want one. And what Eneri said seems like what happened.. no big deal really just a change of color patterns
Comment icon #50 Posted by Alladar on 4 October, 2011, 13:26
But not long after the zoo was contacted by Danny Li, an animal enthusiast who lives in Hong Kong, who told them it was a spotted cuscus — a marsupial native to northern Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia's Maluku Islands. Wildlife experts who spoke to ninemsn confirmed the animal's identity. Dr Ashley Bunce from Queensland's Department of Environment and Resource Management pointed to the "distinctive facial features, fur colour and pattern" after looking at photos of the marsupial. Wenling Zoo's manager is now seeking advice on how best to care for the 25cm-long cuscus. http://news.ni... [More]
Comment icon #51 Posted by DieChecker on 4 October, 2011, 20:14
Bing! I called it. Woot! Woot! Huzzah!!
Comment icon #52 Posted by Saru on 4 October, 2011, 20:26
Kind of odd that the "mystery animal" post has a picture of a DIFFERENT animal of the same species, heh Not odd at all, we couldn't use the original photograph for copyright reasons.
Comment icon #53 Posted by susieice on 5 October, 2011, 3:18
Who could eat such an adorable animal. Doesn't look like there's much to it. Little critter.
Comment icon #54 Posted by anisha_astrologer on 5 October, 2011, 5:28
there are numerous such creatures on earth that have not been identified. they look similar and yet different. a probable explaination can be evolution or cross-breeding.
Comment icon #55 Posted by Damian Bâthory on 28 November, 2011, 2:30
It's called Gizmo and you can't feed it after midnight and should never get it wet...or it might turn into a Gremlin (not the car...the evil creature)...lol


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