Photos: Adorable new mammal species discovered

Photos: Adorable new mammal species discovered

Credit: SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE

Researchers announced Thursday a rare discovery of a new species of mammal called the olinguito.

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on August 15, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 19 at 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- Imagine a mini-raccoon with a teddy bear face that is so cute it’s hard to resist, let alone overlook. But somehow science did—until now.

Researchers announced Thursday a rare discovery of a new species of mammal called the olinguito. The reddish-brown animal is about 2 feet long with a long tail and weighs about 2 pounds.

It belongs to a grouping of large creatures that include dogs, cats and bears.

The critter leaps through the trees of mountainous forests of Ecuador and Colombia at night, according to a Smithsonian researcher who has spent the past decade tracking them.

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