Olinguito, New Species of Mammal, Discovered in S. America

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
August 15, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

A new species of mammal called the olinguito was discovered by researchers, according to reports on Thursday.

A researcher with the Smithsonian said that it lives in mountainous forests of Columbia and Ecuador.

The animal is about the size of a raccoon or a cat, and it is in the same family.

Smithsonian scientists said the animal is active during the night, is a carnivore, but eats mainly fruit.

“You have not seen an animal quite like this before,” Kris Helgen, with the Smthsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, told USA Today in Washington, D.C.

Helgen noted that the mammal “was completely overlooked by all zoologists until now.”

He said his team first spotted the mammal in the Andes Mountains in 2006.

“The discovery of the olinguito shows us that the world is not yet completely explored, its most basic secrets not yet revealed,” Helgen told the Daily Mail.

“If new carnivores can still be found, what other surprises await us? So many of the world’s species are not yet known to science,” he added. “Documenting them is the first step towards understanding the full richness and diversity of life on Earth.”

 
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.