The Bosavi woolly rat is a new species of giant rat that was discovered in 2009. It is believed that the this new species of giant rat is a member of the Muridae family. A scientific name is yet to be assigned to the species. The rat was discovered by a biologist working with the Natural History Unit of BBC in Papua New Guinea. The extinct volcano Mount Bosavi has a huge crater within which several animals exist. The Bosavi woolly rat was first discovered by Kristofer Helgen and Muse Opiang. The rainforest habitats in the crater is still believed to house a number of new species. The giant woolly rat was filmed by the crew of ‘Lost Land of the Volcano’, a documentary produced by the BBC.
A Bosavi woolly rat resident of Papua New Guinea is a species of rodent that belongs to the Muridae family. It was first discovered by Kristofer Helgen and Muse Opiang while working with the Natural History Unit of BBC .
Like all other rats, the Bosavi woolly rat also belongs to the class of mammals and is part of the Animalia kingdom. The scientific name is not assigned yet but it belongs to the genus Mallomys.
At present, only a single specimen of the Bosavi woolly rat has been discovered.
The lone specimen of the Bosavi woolly rat was found inside the crater of Mount Bosavi an extinct volcano in Papua New Guinea. The rat was discovered inside a huge volcanic crater.
Since the Bosavi woolly rat, belonging to the genus Mallomys, is a newly discovered species, not much is known about the habitat of this animal. But what is known is that it inhabits the mountain rainforest.
The Bosavi woolly rat was found living alone when it was discovered.
No information is available on the Bosavi woolly rat longevity. The Bosavi woolly rat lifespan is unknown at this point.
There is no information about the breeding process of the Bosavi woolly rat.
The Bosavi woolly rat is a new species that is not listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The animal was discovered in 2009 and no conservation efforts has yet been implemented for it.
The Bosavi woolly rat has a silver brown coat and long thick fur. It is a giant rat species found in Papua New Guinea.
The Bosavi wooly rat does look cute with its silvery brown fur.
Only a single member of the species has been discovered by humans. So we do not know its mode of communication with other rats.
The Bosavi woolly rat size is 32 in (82 cm) in length. The rodent is almost nine times the size of the Kangaroo Rat.
Unfortunately, there is no information available on the speed at which these rodents can run.
The Bosavi woolly rat weighs about 3.3 lb (1.5 kg). It is one of the largest rats in the world. If we compare the species to the woodrat, the Bosavi woolly rat is three times heavier than the woodrat.
There are no distinct names for males and females of the species.
A baby Bosavi woolly rat is known as a pup.
Scientists discovered the Bosavi woolly rat to feed on leaves and grass.
It is assumed that the rat is not dangerous due to the fact that it was not bothered by the crowd of people who had gathered around him when it was discovered.
It can only be speculated whether the Bosavi woolly rat would make a good pet or not. From its behavior, it seemed that it might become a good pet. It has no fear of humans.
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The Bosavi woolly rat, with its thick fur, was discovered in 2009 and immediately became known as one of the largest rodents in the world. What is more surprising is the fact that this giant rat was not bothered by the presence of humans at all.
The naming of the Bosavi woolly rat is based on logical reasons. The giant rat was discovered in a crater of Mount Bosavi and its body is covered with woolly fur. Hence, the name Bosavi woolly rat.
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