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Mouse-Like Mammal Found in Philippines

June 12, 2004|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A team of American and Filipino biologists has discovered a new species -- or perhaps a new genus -- of mouse in the Philippines that took them quite by surprise. The tiny mouse was captured on Mt. Banahaw, a national park in the south-central portion of Luzon Island.

The bright-orange animal has a large head, heavily muscled jaws and powerful teeth that can open hard nuts. It has a body length of 3 inches and a tail of 4 inches.

The mammal's whiskers are about eight times as wide as its head, and there is a second set of whiskers that arise from a patch at the edge of each eye.

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