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Oh, how I was mocked for my ongoing belief in the legendary olinguito. I collected the tales of frightening encounters with the creature, from legends of tribesmen and the occasional white hunters and explorers through the ages. I devoted a website to the mythical creature, I obtained the original film of the legendary Patterman encounter, where a couple of guys on horseback had a terrifying encounter with the creature, and mangaged to take some shaky footage of it with their movie camera----and many experts who saw it doubted its authenticity! But now, it's been proven to be real! Who's laughing now!? And the fantastic attributes and abilities credited to the bizarre creature are indeed TRUE!

"It sort of bounced around the trees almost like a monkey," Kays said, "doing its thing, eating the figs."

Smithsonian discovers rare new mammal species

Doug Stanglin , USA TODAY 11:46 a.m. EDT August 15, 2013


An olinguito.(Photo: Mark Gurney via AP)


Smithsonian zoologists announced on Thursday the discovery of the first new species of carnivore found in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years -- the big-eyed, furry, rust-colored olinguito.

"The discovery of the olinguito shows us that the world is not yet completely explored, its most basic secrets not yet revealed," Kris Helgen, curator of mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, told reporters in Washington.


The olinguito, a small member of the raccoon family, lives in the treetops of the Andes Mountains.

"You have not seen an animal quite like this before," Helgen reporters at the Smithsonian Castle in Washington.

The olinguito, or Bassaricyon neblina, is from the olingo family, a bushy-tailed tree-dwelling carnivore.

It features big eyes and orange-brown fur and weighs about two pounds. It is also a carnivore, but eats fruits such as figs as well as insects and plant nectar.

Helgen said his team discovered the animal, which is part of the raccoon family, living in the canopy of the tall trees in the mountains of Colombia and Ecuador.

He said the species "was completely overlooked by all zoologists until now."

Helgen said his team first saw the animal in the Andes in 2006 and have been constructing its family history eversince.

"We saw olinguitos a number of times [in the wild]. ...It was real, it was alive, it was in the wild," he said.

Helgen said he was also announcing four subspecies of the olinguito. He said the animal thrives in its cloud-forest habitat and is not considered an endangered species.

The zoologist said the olinguito has been the subject of mistaken identity for years. He noted that at least one of them had been held in zoos in the U.S. several years ago, but no one realized it was a new species and not an olingo.

He said retired zookeepers have told him that the animal refused to breed or mingle with other olingos, which is why they kept sending it to various zoos around the country in hopes it would eventually mate.

The announcement Thursday coincided with the publication of the discovery in ZooKeys, a journal on biodiversity.

The first clue for Helgen that he might have stumbled upon a new species came as he went from museum to museum to figure out how many species of the olingo existed. At the Field Museum of Chicago, he realized that the reddish-orange pelts he saw there were nothing like the skins of the olingos.

Searching further, he learned that the anatomy of the skull was different — shorter snout, dissimilar teeth.

"I knew at that point it was a new species, but I also knew I needed to be sure," Helgen said. For years, he tried to confirm that the olinguito was a new species with thorough investigation and DNA testing, fearful that another scientist would beat him to the punch.

Finally, he called upon zoologist Roland Kays of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, an expert in olingos, to help him track down a wild olinguito in its natural habitat. The researchers, along with Ecuadorian zoologist Miguel Pinto, set off on a weeks-long field expedition to the Andean cloud forests.

On their first night in the wild, they spotted one feasting on fruit high in the misty treetops.

"It sort of bounced around the trees almost like a monkey," Kays said, "doing its thing, eating the figs."
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I was hoping it was a Master Dog.
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I was hoping it was a dog that ate all other dogs.
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I was hoping it was a Master Dog.
Already discovered. Just ask Paula Deen.
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I was hoping it was a Master Dog.


2 lbs? I want one of these for a pet. Look at those cute little ears.
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Can Bigfoot be far behind?
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That is awesome.
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Can Bigfoot be far behind?
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How cute
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Yup, that's Bigfoot.
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How do I go about eating one?
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How do I go about eating one?
The same way you go about eating a pussy.
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The same way you go about eating a pussy.
Nice dinner then lots of drinks?
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2 lbs? I want one of these for a pet. Look at those cute little ears.
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What am I missing?
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What am I missing?
In one of the religion threads, someone said that on Noah's ark instead of having 2 of every possible animal (since there are literally thousands of different breeds of canines alone they wouldn't all obviously fit) so he claimed there were just 2 of what he called "base animals" that would be "master dogs" and all canine breeds have descended from these 2 "master dogs."
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http://forum.dvdtalk.com/11783778-post140.html
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I'm confused, they discovered this like 30 years ago!

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as a side point, something like this usually gets the cover of Nature or Science magazine. I am mildly surprised they published this in an open access journal like zoo keys with a very low impact factor.
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great
something else for Dave to kill
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You know, I have always heard that this particular film showed a Female Bigfoot. But it wasn't until your post that I could actually see "her" hairy tits.
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You know, I have always heard that this particular film showed a Female Bigfoot. But it wasn't until your post that I could actually see "her" hairy tits.
And the clear line from the thigh to the hip where the costume seam is.
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Did Noah have two of these on the ark, or did he just have two master olingos?
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The same way you go about eating a pussy.
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