Asia Briefs : Hog-nosed rat found in Indonesia

Hog-nosed rat found in Indonesia

JAKARTA• • Researchers working in Indonesia have discovered a new species of mammal called the hog-nosed rat, named for its features that scientists said have never been seen before. The creature was found in a remote mountainous area on the island of Sulawesi in central Indonesia. As well as its large, flat, pink nose, with forward-facing nostrils similar to those of a pig, the creature has extremely large ears, a small mouth and long white front teeth.


S'pore man jailed for overstaying in JB

KUALA LUMPUR • A 28-year-old Singaporean was jailed eight months for overstaying in Johor Baru for the past four years.

Wong Pei Qin, whose passport expired in November 2011, said he lost his passport during a fight with his Thai girlfriend and had been living on the streets in Johor Baru.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 07, 2015, with the headline 'AsiaBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe