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In this handout photo provided by Smithsonian, an olinguito, a new species of Carnivore which has been newly discovered, is seen in an undated photo. The olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina) had been mistakenly identified for more than 100 years and is also the first carnivore species to be discovered in the American continents in 35 years. (credit: Mark Gurney for Smithsonian via Getty Images)

In this handout photo provided by Smithsonian, an olinguito, a new species of Carnivore which has been newly discovered, is seen in an undated photo. The olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina) had been mistakenly identified for more than 100 years and is also the first carnivore species to be discovered in the American continents in 35 years. (credit: Mark Gurney for Smithsonian via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers are announcing the rare discovery of a new species of mammal.

It’s a raccoon-sized creature with a teddy bear face called the olinguito (oh-lihn-GEE’-toe).

A Smithsonian researcher says it lives in the mountainous forests of Ecuador and Colombia where it leaps through the trees at night. It eats fruit and weighs about 2 pounds.

One of them also once lived at the National Zoo in Washington where it was mistaken for a similar animal.

The discovery was announced Thursday.

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