museum exhibits brought researchers to Kristofer Helgen of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC on the track of a previously undescribed species. In the cloud forests of the Andes, they found the little beast called Olinguito indeed, alive and kicking, but also threatened. It was the first time in 35 years that a new carnivore has been discovered in the Western Hemisphere, the researchers write in the journal “Zoo Keys.”
Olinguitos look like a mixture of cat and teddy. The animals are nocturnal, eat fruits, rarely come down from the trees and each draw a pup. The Olinguitos belong to the family of small bears, among others, the raccoons and coatis count.