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Pyrenean desman

4 September 2012

Pyrenean desman: On the trail of Europe's weirdest beast

By Rebecca Morelle Science reporter, BBC News, the Pyrenees

Finding out more about the desman is the key to saving it, the researchers say.

It's the dead of night.

And while the rest of the world sleeps, a team of scientists is wading knee-deep through the fast-flowing streams that cut through the Pyrenees.

I've joined them on the trail of a creature that few have heard of and even less have set eyes on: the Pyrenean desman (Galemys pyrenaicus).

This small aquatic mammal only comes out under the cover of darkness. And it's not easy to find. (...)

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