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shannon rankin
shannon rankin

Whilst living in the Colombian rain forest, many of the locals had these as pets...they called them Macoleon...I had no idea they were a yet to be " discovered" and  recorded species....

Dr. T. K. Stone
Dr. T. K. Stone

Like a Panda, it may have the anatomy of a carnivore and a plant based diet. "Hunting" for fruit may not be the best choice of words to describe their lifestyle. "Gathering" might be a better word to describe their behavior for obtaining foods. For example, gathering fruit rather than hunting for fruit would be more descriptive.

Roger Sczerenet
Roger Sczerenet

It seems to have some resemblance to the Red Panda. Apart from the stripes.

Kat Bryan
Kat Bryan

wow that is amazing i knew that we would find new things in this world

Molly H.
Molly H.

AWWW!!!! IT'S SO CUTE!!!! I am so glad that another carnivore has been discovered. Especially one that is so freaking adorable!

Valerie ASHLEY
Valerie ASHLEY

What type of plants and fruit does the olinguito eat?

Bellz Webster
Bellz Webster

For sure now that's its been told to the world someone will come along and kill it. Its a gorgeous new find. Hope it can find hope of survival with humanities way of life.

Ramon Argota
Ramon Argota

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Dan Bernard
Dan Bernard

How does the Olinguito differ from the Olingo? Unless I am confusing the olingo with the kinkajou in Costa Rica, I saw olingos in CR three years ago. Maybe it was being called by the wrong name, but then where did the name olingo come from 3 years ago if this species was just recently discovered. In spanish, the suffix "ito" is tacked onto a word to describe it as being little. So, olinguito would mean "little olingo" and olingo would be the root word. Answers anyone?

Tankin K
Tankin K

God's beautiful design of the universe=) With all the new age explorations going on, we still find new amazing things such as this little animal or the Chinese underground caves, or the one in Vietnam! So much is yet to be learned about our Earth

Justin Torres
Justin Torres

Makes me wonder how many more undiscovered species of animal there are out there, especially in the vast rain forests and cloud forests of the world. We know so much yet so little.

Jonathan Osteen
Jonathan Osteen

@Eric. Carnivore is just an Order within the animal kingdom. The Giant Panda is also a "carnivore" even though it doesn't eat meat. It's cool to see we're still discovering new mammals though!

Coreen Armour
Coreen Armour

It is lucky that you found the Kinkajou now before they destroy his home.

Chris Richards
Chris Richards

If he's a carnivore, why does he spend the night hunting for fruit?

C. Dufour
C. Dufour

Right under our noses the entire time!

Christine Dell'Amore
Christine Dell'Amore

@Eric Thomas Eric, an animal can be genetically a carnivore but not eat meat. Think of the giant panda, which is in the order Carnivora but eats bamboo. It's the same situation with the olinguito.

Christine Dell'Amore
Christine Dell'Amore

@Chris Richards Hi Chris. An animal can be genetically a carnivore but not eat meat. Think of the giant panda, which is in the order Carnivora but eats bamboo. It's the same situation with the olinguito.

Leonardo Alenizi
Leonardo Alenizi

@Chris Richards there is difference to be made between "Carnivore or Carnivoran" (note capital C) and "carnivore." The former denotes the name of a group of animals (order Carnivora) while the latter describes a feeding lifestyle.

Carnivores are the most carnivorous order of mammals, hence the name, but there is an incredible amount of feeding diversity.



Molly H.
Molly H.

@zhao sheng huan @Bellz Webster  

I sure as heck hope not! I mean, who could eat something so adorable, let alone think about it!

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