08/15/2013 10:20 EDT | Updated 10/15/2013 05:12 EDT

New mammal discovered in Andean cloud forest

A tree-dwelling animal with a teddy-bear-like face and rusty-coloured fur has become the first new mammal discovered in the Americas in more than 35 years.

The olinguito, which is a cousin of the raccoon, lives in the cloud forests high in the Andes Mountains of Colombia and Ecuador, a team of scientists from the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., reported in the journal ZooKeys Thursday.

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