New Mammal on Display at Field Museum

Photograph of Bassaricyon neblina "Olinguito" taken in the wild at Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Ecuador; image credit: Mark GurneyA new carnivorous mammal is now on display at The Field Museum. Described as a cross between a cat and a teddy bear, the Olinguito was part of the museum's collection for decades, but was announced on Aug. 15, 2013, after being noticed and distinguished by mammalogist Kristofer Helgen from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

The Olinguito has been spotted in Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia. The Field Museum's mammals collections manager Bill Stanley brings the specimen to our studios.

The new mammal will be on display for visitors to see in The Field Museum’s Science Newsflash exhibition case in Stanley Field Hall until Oct. 28, 2013.

Watch Chief Curosity Correspondent Emily Graslie's "The Brain Scoop" video about the Olinguito below.