OLINGUITO - MAMMAL
The first mammal carnivore species to be discovered in America in 35 years, the olinguito is the latest addition to the raccoon family tree.
This new species of mammal, called Bassaricyon neblina, was discovered in 2013 by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History scientists. The small animal has a fluffy red-orange fur along with a bushy tail and is found in the misty Andean Mountains in South America. Interestingly, scientists had previously assumed olinguitos were members of their sister species, the olingos (Bassaricyon gabbii) - another tree-dwelling mammal that lives in the same mountains.
They are, however, larger and have longer faces than olinguitos. This mammal was identified after gathering DNA sequences from live specimens. In appearance, these remarkably beautiful little animals look like a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear.
Clancy's comment: Cute lil guys, eh?