Adapted from The Vancouver Sun and The Smithsonian
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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- This BBC video describes how the olinguito was found.
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- Cute pictures of a baby olinguito.
- More facts about the olinguito.
Facts about the olinguito
- It is the smallest member of the raccoon family.
- It is about 35 centimetres or 14 inches long
- Its tail is about of the same length as its body.
- The adult olinguito weighs about 900 grams or 2 pounds.
- Males and females are about the same size.
- They eat mainly fruit. They also eat insects and nectar.
- They live alone and spend their time in trees.
- They travel at night.
- Female olinguitos have only one baby at a time.
- They are found in the mountain forests of northern Andes in Ecuador and Colombia
The word ‘Olinguito’ sounds like ‘oh-lihn-GEE-toe’.
A mammal is an animal with warm blood, mammary glands and hair or fur.