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

Posted by Alexandra C. | Friday August 16, 201316 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  4,282 said:

Cuddles, now!

on February 06, 2015  rogersresaca  89,641 said:

He'a absolutely gorgeous. He's almost like a cross between a raccoon and a little small bear cub. Interesting!!

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  25,384 said:


on August 17, 2013  umolive5  3,187 said:

So cute! I wonder if they are harmless. Makes you wonder what else is out there too. I love new discoveries.

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  9,828 said:

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

on August 16, 2013  smiley_gen  9,740 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!!!!!

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