Common Tree-Shrew: Tupaia glis - S.Asia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo
One of eighteen species of tree-shrew, this remarkable little animal was mistakenly identified as a shrew when it first came to the notice of zoologists. Subsequent investigation proved that this animal was not an insectivore at all, but a very primitive Primate, a member of the family which includes lemurs, monkeys, apes and man! The tree-shrew is a surviving relic from many millions of years ago.
About 14 inches in length, the animal is a skilful climber. Its food consists of a wide variety of plant and animal life.
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