05 September 2007

Rare but tasty

ZUI this article from National Geographic:
One of the world's rarest creatures, Attenborough's long-beaked echidna, appears to be alive and well, conservationists say. It is also reportedly quite delicious.

The animal, native to the island of New Guinea in the South Pacific, was feared to be extinct (see a map of Papua New Guinea).

But scientists' concerns were allayed—somewhat—when hunters on the island reported that they had seen the echidna and "the meat was very greasy and extremely tasty."


Attenborough's long-beaked echidna, a primitive, egg-laying, spiny mammal related to the platypus, is so rare that no scientist has ever seen one alive.

Named in honour of the naturalist Sir David Attenborough, the echidna is thought to live on only one mountain peak in New Guinea's Cyclops Mountains.

H/T to Darren Naish at Tetrapod Zoology.

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