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The zoological world was surprised to identify a new species of mammal it had known about for decades. The olinguito, a small omnivorous mammal from Ecuador and Columbia, has been on display in zoos throughout the United States since the late 1960’s. So how come scientists didn’t “know” about this animal? Because they’d mistakenly grouped it as a member of the olingo species, which is similar in appearance enough to fool its handlers. The animals knew the difference, though; the females refused to mate with males that the zookeepers saw no reason for them to rebuff. You know what they say; olingos are from Mars and olinguitos are from Venus.
It should be noted that both of these species are members of the procyonidae family, which includes raccoons.