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Researchers from the San Diego Natural History Museum and the non-profit Terra Peninsular were scratching their heads when they found unfamiliar rodents in traps they placed around a field in Baja California. They were intending to study rodent populations in the area — but instead made a rare discovery.

The San Quintin kangaroo rat was last spotted in 1986. Nearly a decade later, the creature was added to the endangered species list by the Mexican government, the San Diego Natural History Museum said in a statement online.

Scientists suspected the 5-inch rodents went extinct. They searched for the creatures for decades but always came up empty-handed.

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Now they’re scrambling to come up with a plan to increase the animal’s population.

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