Adorable new mammal species found 'in plain sight'

Adorable new mammal species found 'in plain sight'

Credit: Mark Gurnsey/ National Museum of National History

Adorable new mammal species found 'in plain sight'

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by Associated Press/WHAS11

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Posted on August 15, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 15 at 8:46 PM

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- Researchers are announcing the rare discovery of a new species of mammal.
 
   It's a raccoon-sized creature with a teddy bear face called the olinguito.
 
   A Smithsonian researcher says it lives in the mountainous forests of Ecuador and Colombia where it leaps through the trees at night. It eats fruit and weighs about 2 pounds. The olinguito is not a social animal. 
 
   One of them also once lived at the National Zoo in Washington where it was mistaken for a similar animal.
 
   The discovery was announced Thursday.

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