Imagine a mini-raccoon with a teddy bear face that is so cute it’s hard to resist, let alone overlook. But somehow science did – until now.
The Smithsonian Researchers have announced this new carnivorous mammal breed in August.
This little bundle of cuteness is the newest discovery of the scientist and wild life researchers in western Ecuador’s Otanga Cloud Forest Preserve. It’s called Olinguito.
It belongs to a grouping of large creatures that include dogs, cats and bears.
The critter leaps through the trees of mountainous forests of Ecuador and Colombia at night, according to a Smithsonian researcher who has spent the past decade tracking them.
An interesting fact is that back in the 80’s an olinguito (oh-lihn-GEE’-toe) is said to have lived in the National Zoo in Washington.
The scientists have mistaken it with the olingo species.
- VIDEO: The Olinguito: A new mammal species (bbc.co.uk)
- Remember The Newly Discovered Mammal That Looks Like A Teddy Bear? Here’s A Baby One (buzzfeed.com)
- Cute Pictures: Baby Olinguito Found in Colombia (newswatch.nationalgeographic.com)