Foodies want to know everything about their animal-based dishes these days — where the meat came from, what it ate, what its name was. OK, maybe not that last part. But there is a big difference between industrial cattle farms and grass-fed meat — both in price and in nutritional considerations.
Meet the Durrell’s vontsira (Salanoia durrelli). It ain’t pretty, but this small, mongoose-like critter—pronounced “voontseera”—has the distinction of being the first carnivorous mammal discovered in 24 years. The last was the related Grandidier’s vontsira, which, like the new creature, was found on Madagascar.