Researchers in New Guinea noticed a bat they’d not seen before. They captured it, eventually identified it as a female of a species that had been thought extinct. Naturally, being researchers, you may be able to guess what they did next:
Little is known about the species, including whether or not more of its kind exist in the wild. As The Conversation reports, this particular bat was “ethically euthanized” prior to arriving at the Papua New Guinea National Museum, primarily due to the fact that it could serve as an important research tool for identifying similar species in the future.