Photo: Olinguito, First Carnivore Species Discovered in American Continent in 35 Years

By Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
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.”

 

Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff