Panda Bat, a New Species discovered in South Sudan
Striped black and white Bat that resembles Panda bear found in South Sudan!
Panda Bat discovered in South Sudan, photo: DeeAnn Reeder via dailymail.co.uk
This strikingly beautiful bat with white spots and stripes, dubbed as “Panda Bat,” was discovered in South Sudan. Although researchers once thought the bat belonged to the genus Glauconycteris, scientists have demonstrated that it’s a new genus and have named it Niumbaham, which means ‘rare’ or ‘unusual’ in Zande.
“My attention was immediately drawn to the bat’s strikingly beautiful and distinct pattern of spots and stripes,” said Bucknell Associate Professor of Biology DeeAnn Reeder, who made the discovery.
“It was clearly a very extraordinary animal, one that I had never seen before – I knew the second I saw it that it was the find of a lifetime.”
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