Listen to the Locals!

Illustration of the new species. Velizar Simeonovski/The Field Museum

People living in the  Solomon Islands have long spoken of a large rat that lives in tress called the vika. It wasn’t till now, however, that scientists recognized the species.  Scientists, using game cameras, recently spotted a vika on Vangunu Island.

The large rodent weighs over 2 pounds and measures 18 inches from nose to tail.

Two things come to mind:

What else is out there that has gone undiscovered?

Local people are better suited to tell us what lives in an area than highly-educated outsiders. Consider the cause of a Maori legend being confirmed:

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/giant-mega-swan-discovered-new-zealand-confirming-maori-legend

For further reading:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-rat/oh-rats-big-tree-dwelling-rodent-found-in-solomon-islands-idUSKCN1C33E5

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/new-species-giant-rat-discovered-11243583