Biology

Zoologists Discover New Mammal Species in Andes Rain Forests

The olinguito is a member of the raccoon family

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A Smithsonian zoologist announced Thursday the "spectacular" discovery of a new mammal species—the olinguito—a small member of the raccoon family that lives in the Andes.

"You have not seen an animal quite like this before," Kris Helgen, curator of mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, told reporters in Washington.