Researchers announced on Thursday one rare discovery that was of new mammal species called olinguito. This belongs to one grouping of the large creatures which include dogs, bears and cats.
This critter of the size of Raccoon leaps through the trees of Colombia and Ecuador’s trees at night, as according to one researcher who is Smithsonian and spent past decade in tracking them.
Though this adorable olinguito (pronounced as oh-lihn-GEE’-toe) should not have been very hard in finding. One lived in National Zoo which is Smithsonian-run in Washington for one year in case of some mistaken identity.
Kristofer Helgen, mammals’ curator who is Smithsonian, said that it was sort of hiding quite in the plain sight from quite a time, even despite the extraordinary beauty.
This little critter of zoo, named Ringerl, got mistaken for its sister species, olingo. Ringerl happened to be shipped from one zoo to another from 1967 till 1976: Louisville, Tucson, Ky., Ariz., Washington, Salt Lake City as well as New York City in order to try to have it for breeding with the other olingos.
Helgen said that it turned out that she was not fussy and was not right species.This discovery is explained in one study in journal ZooKey.
First Helgen figured that olinguitos were quite different from the olingos when Helgen was looking on skeletons and pelts in museum. Later, he led one team to Southern America during 2006.
Co-author of this study, Roland Kays, said,
“When we went to the field we found it in the very first night. It was almost like it was waiting for us.”
It is hard to get to know how onlinguitos and olingos were confused with each other.
Olinguitos tend to be smaller, with shorter tails, rounder face, ears which are tinier and bushier darker fur, Helgen said. He also said, “It looks kind of like a fuzzball … kind of like a cross between a teddy bear and a house cat.”
It does eat fruit and weighs around 2 pounds as well as having one baby on one time. Helgen thinks that there are 1000s of olinguitos within mountainous forest and traveling through trees in the night so they’re hard to be seen.
While the new species regularly are found, usually they’re tiny and also not mammals, advanced warm-blooded class of the animals which have hair, give births and there are mammary glands within females.
The outside experts say this isn’t only renaming something, though one new genuine species and one significant find, type which has not happened for around 35 years.
Darin Croft, the anatomy professor at Case Western Reserve University said,
“Most people believe there are no new species to discover, particularly of relatively large charismatic animals. This study demonstrates that this is clearly not the case.”