The world’s newest mammal – the olinguito

The new mammal is cute! PHOTO — MARK GURNEY / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

The new mammal is cute!
PHOTO — MARK GURNEY / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun and The Smithsonian
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Researchers found a new mammal in South America. The new mammal is called an olinguito.

Olinguitos are small. Their fur is reddish-brown.

Olinguitos are cute! They have faces like teddy bears.

They jump through the trees and travel at night.

Olinguitos live in Ecuador and Columbia.

They are hard to see because they are small and travel at night.

The olinguito is related to the raccoon. It is the smallest member of the raccoon family.

The olinguito is the first new mammal since 1978.

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Remembering the life of Nelson Mandela

Thousands of people attended Mandela’s vigil. PHOTO - GERRY KAHRMANN/VANCOUVER SUN

Thousands of people attended Mandela’s vigil.
PHOTO – GERRY KAHRMANN/VANCOUVER SUN

Written by Tracy Defoe
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Hero
People in Canada, and around the world remembered the life of Nelson Mandela in December 2013. He was a hero to many people for the way he lead his life.

Mandela was devoted to democracy, equality and learning. He was a leader for change in his country. He inspired many people around the world.

Apartheid
Mandela was born in South Africa in 1918. At that time, South Africa was a separated society. People of different races did not live together as equals.  This racist policy was called apartheid.

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