A new species of mammal was discovered last week, the first such discovery in the western hemisphere in 35 years. The olinquito are small omnivorous mammals that are similar to a raccoon. The animal was mistakenly identified over the past ten years.
Olinquito live in the mountainous forest of Ecuador and Colombia, in the northern part of South America. Olinquito are around 14 inches in length with tails roughly equal in length to their bodies. They eat mainly fruit, but also consume insects. Female olinquitos raise a single offspring at a time. Like many other members of their family, olinquito are nocturnal and spend most of their time in trees.
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