Olinguito in Cloud Forest
by Kristy Lynn
Amid the misty treetops and giant tomato-size figs in the Andean cloud forests, the researchers spotted the animal the first night.
“It sort of bounced around the trees almost like a monkey,” zoologist Roland Kays said, “doing its thing, eating the figs.”
The small, bushy-tailed, rust-colored furry mammal they named the olinguito was a rare find — the first new carnivore species found in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years.
—The Washington Post, August 15, 2013