New Mammal Species Found – The Olinguito


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.

baby olinguito

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. 

A full-grown Olinguito, which one researcher described as “a cross between a teddy bear and a house cat,” is said to grow up to 14 inches long. Their tails are just as long as their bodies. 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.



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