Monster salamander discovered in remote cave, SW China

An extremely rare giant salamander was discovered in a remote cave in southwest China’s Chongqing municipality.

The amphibian, measuring 4 ft 7 inches and weighing about 114 pounds, was found in an isolated karst cave.

SOUNDBITE: LIU FEIHONG, Discovered monster salamander
“I saw this salamander beside a crevice. It wasn’t moving. I was shocked by its size.”

The rare beast is estimated by experts to be over 200 years old. Now it’s been transferred to a local research facility for protection.

SOUNDBITE: PENG JIANJUN, Chongqing Normal University
“I’ve been studying zoology for more than 20 years. It’s the first time that I’ve ever seen such a big thing in the wild.”

Experts say giant salamanders are critically endangered in the world. Originated 350 million years ago, they are also one of the oldest species the world has ever known.

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