Scientists discover new mammal

Photograph by Mark Gurney, Smithsonian Institution.

Well, discover in the same sense that Columbus discovered America. The “new” mammal, the olinguito, was formerly mistaken for its closest relative, the olingo. Both inhabit the cloud forests of the Andes. The discoverer, Kristofer Helgen, described the animal as a “cross between a teddy bear and a house cat,” to which editorialized, “(awwww).” The olinguito is related to the raccoon.