A rare rodent species known as a “bamboo rat” that lives around the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu in Peru has resurfaced after a decade of absence and been photographed for the first time.
A specimen of the rodent Dactylomis peruanus was spotted by guards among bamboo trees at the citadel, which is surrounded by a protected area, said the National Service of Natural Protected Areas.
The last time the animal was recorded at Machu Picchu was in 2008.
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The bamboo rat lives in subtropical or wet tropical areas, according to Peruvian authorities.
It has also been reported at medium-altitude heights on the slopes of the Andes in northern Bolivia.
In Peru, the animal is on a list of creatures about which little is known because it is seen so rarely.