Olinguito

The first carnivore discovered in the last 35 years in the western hemisphere looks like a teddy bear

Mark Gurney

The smallest member of the Procyonids family (Procyonidae) was first described as a new species only in 2013!

It’s fair to say that they look like a mixture of a cat and a teddy bear with dense brown or orange woolly fur thicker than the olingos. They have been mistakenly identified as olingo for the past 100 years.

They are nocturnal and arboreal means that they are skillful jumpers to jump from branch to branch in the canopy. Olinguito mainly consumes fruits such as figs but supplements their diet with nectar and some insects. Currently, they are listed as Near threatened, as in the future, they might be threatened by urbanization and deforestation.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Colombia
2015
Ecuador
2015

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No