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After the discovery of extinct echidnas: These five animal species are also (possibly) still alive |  Science and the planet

After the discovery of extinct echidnas: These five animal species are also (possibly) still alive | Science and the planet

Researchers in Indonesia have captured images of the long-beaked echidna, an animal long thought to be extinct. Despite its peculiarity, this echidna is not the first animal to suddenly reappear. We’ve listed five other rare species that were long considered extinct, but (probably) are not.

The long-beaked echidna is known as a shy, nocturnal animal that is difficult to find. In June and July of this year, the animal was spotted by a wildlife camera, and it was officially named Zaglos Attenborough It is named and named after the famous British nature fanatic Sir David Attenborough. Biologist James Compton discovered the images after a trip into the mountains using the last memory card of more than eighty cameras. “I’m not kidding when I say it was on the last SD card we looked at, on the last day of our trip,” Kempton said.

The long-beaked echidna is not the only animal believed to be extinct. More recently, it was a Flemish man who found the spotted wasp bee in Limburg, which everyone thought had been extinct since 1955. Here are five more animals that have remained hidden for a long time, but have either been discovered again or have a good chance of existing. They’re still out there somewhere.



the Great ivory-billed woodpecker It is a crow-sized bird and requires an area of ​​at least 16 square metres. The woodpecker lives in North America and was last seen in 1950 on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. In 2004, an American claimed to have rediscovered a woodpecker in the US state of Arkansas, but scientists later doubted this. This bird is likely another common woodpecker.

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The great ivory-billed woodpecker lives in hard-to-reach forests, so who knows, maybe the animal is still fluttering in places inaccessible to humans.

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The ivory-billed woodpecker is a crow-sized bird. © Getty Images



the com. chacopekari It looks a bit like a pig and was known for a long time just as a fossil. Therefore, it was believed that this animal had become extinct a long time ago. However, in 1971, scientists discovered that groups of Chacopecars were hiding in Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay in the Gran Chaco region. It seems that the indigenous people living there were aware of their presence all along.

However, it is not certain that the Chacopecari will remain in the wild for much longer. It is legal to hunt the animals and they are said to naturally suffer from many health problems.

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In 1971, scientists discovered that groups of Chacopicari still lived in the wild
In 1971, scientists discovered that groups of Chacopicari still lived in the wild © Thinkstock


the The gecko blinked It gets its name from the small bumps around its eyes. The eyelashed gecko, which is native to New Caledonia (a French archipelago east of Australia), was thought to be extinct for centuries. Until it was discovered again in 1994. Since their rediscovery, they have become very popular as pets among reptile enthusiasts. They come at a hefty price: they cost between $70 and $400.

Fun fact: These animals lick their eyes to keep them wet, and can live up to twenty years.

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Eyelashed geckos lick their eyes to keep them wet
Eyelashed geckos lick their eyes to keep them wet © Getty Images



the Tasmanian Tiger It originally lived in Australia and New Guinea. The only reason these animals are called “tigers” is because of their stripes. They have more similarities to the Tasmanian devil, a type of marsupial.

The Tasmanian tiger is believed to have become extinct in 1936. Officially, no animal has been seen again, but reports have since emerged in Australia from people claiming to have seen traces of the animal. Until now, no one has been able to take a reliable photo.

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The Tasmanian tiger is believed to have become extinct in 1936.
The Tasmanian tiger is believed to have become extinct in 1936. © Home Pictures/Global Pictures Group



These animals are real experts at hide and seek. They live mainly at night in Indonesian forests and are four centimeters in size.

After 1930, no one observed it for seventy years until 2000 by chance Dwarf tarsier He ended up in a rat trap. In 2008, a scientific expedition was organized to search for animals. Then four were found in the same area.

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The size of the dwarf tarsiers is 4 cm.
The size of the dwarf tarsiers is 4 cm. © Getty Images

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