New Mammal Identified — Hiding in Plain Sight

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“It kind of looks like a cross between a monkey and a cat,” that’s how Chris Llewellyn, Educational Specialist with the Sacramento Zoo is describing the newly discovered Olinguito.

“It is the first mammalian carnivore discovered in the Americas in the last 35 years”, said Llewellyn.

The Olinguito is the smallest member of the raccoon family, is nocturnal and is native to the Andes mountains.

Kristofer Helgen, curator of mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History announced the discovery Thursday.

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