Rare discovery of new species of racoon-sized mammal “olinguito”

(Photo : AP Photo/Mark Gurney)

(Photo : AP Photo/Mark Gurney)

This undated handout photo provided by Mark Gurney shows a olinguito. Imagine a 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 Thursday announced a rare discovery of a new species of a mammal that belongs to the grouping of large creatures that include dogs, cats and bears: the olinguito. The raccoon-sized critters leap through the trees of the cloud forests of Ecuador and Colombia at night, according to a Smithsonian researcher who has spent the past decade tracking them. <AP/NEWSis>

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