The Week in Animal News: New Carnivorous Mammal, Celebrity Goose and More

Emma Grady
Science / Natural Sciences
October 15, 2010

First New Carnivorous Mammal Discovered in 24 Years

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It's been two and a half decades since we've discovered a new carnivorous mammal in the wilderness. But scientists from the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust have just broken the dry spell: They've identified a new cat-sized species called Durrell's vontsira in the wetlands of Madagascar.

And guess what? It's already assumed to rank among the most endangered mammals in the world.

Photo: Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust