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Daily Dose of Adorable: Meet the Newly Discovered 'Olinguito'

Posted by Alexandra C. | Friday August 16, 201314 comments

There's a new kid in town. Meet the olinguito: a species discovered just a day ago. For years it went misunderstood and misclassified, but it's time to shine a spotlight on this cute teddy bear-cat hybrid. It almost reminds me of a long, fluffy cat with a bear face and claws with chubby hind legs. They're the smallest member of the raccoon family. Weird. But pretty cute, no? 

It's pronounced oh-lin-ghee-toe and it weighs just two pounds and is nocturnal! They live in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador and Colombia in something called 'cloud forests' which means that the trees are so high up that they are covered by clouds. Which could explain they're reluctance at being discovered. 
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on April 07, 2015  Sora  5,055 said:

Cuddles, now!

on May 28, 2014  Petersgirl  8,414 said:

Love to hear about the animals that have been newly discovered or perhaps I should say rediscovered. Would love to see these threads continue, anyone else feel the same?

on August 23, 2013  EverydayCait  648 said:

OMG. This is the most adorable little real-life teddy bear ever.

on August 20, 2013  Bren  25,776 said:


on August 17, 2013  KatelynRose1984  20,704 said:

This is so adorable! It's crazy to imagine how many undiscovered species are really out there..

on August 17, 2013  xhiao1994  9,873 said:

looks like a bear in a skunk or raccoon type body. heheh. so cute. <3

on August 16, 2013  smiley_gen  9,832 said:

So cute!!! Looks like he's smiling!

on August 16, 2013  katieg  10,672 said:

It was on the news today and looks sooo cute. How was it missed for so long? Problem is now who is going to protect these cute creatures from beginning taken out of the jungle for pets. I hope they are left alone to be free!!!!!

on August 16, 2013  LadyFlash  8,899 said:

Adorable. Love fluff balls :)

on August 16, 2013  haron  12,289 said:

Looks soooo cute!!

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