New species of ‘teddy bear’ carnivore discovered in cloud forests of Ecuador and Colombia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A long-tailed, orange-furred carnivore from South America has been identified by US researchers as the first new mammal discovered in the Americas in 35 years.

The raccoon-sized creature is called an olinguito and lives in the trees in the Andean mountain forests of Ecuador and Colombia.

While the olinguito is new to science, with an official name of Bassaricyon neblina, for more than a century it has been mistaken for its larger close cousin, the olingo.

via New species of ‘teddy bear’ carnivore discovered in cloud forests of Ecuador and Colombia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

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