Wildlife experts have discovered unusual animal that they believe could be new species. The animal was found on French island of Corsica. The experts showed reporters "cat-fox" that they had captured in mountains of Corsica. The experts said they found a group of sixteen cat-foxes in remote area of Corsica. The captured cat-fox measured nearly 90 centimeters in length from head to tail. The creature has very wide ears, short whiskers and thick coat. It also has stripes on its front legs. Gilles Simeoni, local government official, thanked wildlife team for finding the cat-fox. He said: "It's wonderful discovery." He added that Corsica was "paradise of animal and plant biodiversity".
cat-fox has been talked about by local people in Corsica for decades. It had become mythical creature with farmers, who tell stories about seeing it. Corsicans are now happy and proud that their island is home to new species of animal. Scientists believe that cat comes from little-known species that could have originated in Africa and Middle East thousands of years ago. It is largely nocturnal animal. One scientist said cat-fox could have been brought to Corsica as far back as 6500BC. Another scientist said: "By looking at its DNA, we could tell it apart from European wildcat. It's close to African forest cat, but its exact identity is still to be determined."