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#1    MoorWalks

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 03:04 PM

  • U.S. scientists said the carnivorous olinguito looks like a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear but is a member of the same family as raccoons
  • The creature, which has wooly orange brown, fur lives in the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador, and is named 'neblina,' which means fog in Spanish
  • Scientists at the Smithsonian said the mammal is most active at night, eats mainly fruit, rarely comes out of the trees and has one baby at a time
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Posted 15 August 2013 - 03:27 PM

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'The discovery of the olinguito shows us that the world is not yet completely explored, its most basic secrets not yet revealed,' said Dr Kristofer Helgen, curator of mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

It's not that this was previously unknown animal, but that it was known, yet mistaken for something else that looks quite similar.

Perhaps it's time to look at what we know and reevaluate everything and make sure there isn't more of this mistaken identity going on.

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 03:32 PM

I thought an 'olinguito' was some sort of chocolate biscuit!  Posted Image

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 03:35 PM

I want it lol


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 03:47 PM

The black and white photo reminds me (a bit) of a Koala.

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 03:52 PM

Oh he looks so cute! You know, before he rips my face apart and feasts on my corpes like some kind of hellhound.

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 04:12 PM

View PostDecoNoir, on 15 August 2013 - 03:52 PM, said:

Oh he looks so cute! You know, before he rips my face apart and feasts on my corpes like some kind of hellhound.

:lol: That first image does look like he is going to do just that and he has a nice set of claws on the little fellow.

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 04:24 PM

The face reminds me of a cross between a ferret and a raccoon (without the mask)...


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 04:30 PM

View PostTaun, on 15 August 2013 - 04:24 PM, said:

The face reminds me of a cross between a ferret and a raccoon (without the mask)...

My first thoughts were of a male Manx Grockfoddler (minus the beak, feathers, horns and snorkel)

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 04:42 PM

View Postealdwita, on 15 August 2013 - 04:30 PM, said:

My first thoughts were of a male Manx Grockfoddler (minus the beak, feathers, horns and snorkel)

I'll have to google Grockfoddler (you should add this to the "funny sounding word thread)...


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 04:51 PM

a couple more pictures in this article

http://edition.cnn.c...nian/index.html


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Posted 18 August 2013 - 06:39 AM

Cute li'l fella, isn't he? But I agree--the creature was misnamed. They make it sound like it had never been seen before. That's not a discovery--that's a mistake.

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