The zoological world is abuzz today (More than usual!*) over the discovery of a hitherto unknown mammal.
World, meet the Olinguito!**
*See what I did there? Because of bees... and you know... other buzzing animals... oh never mind. Honestly people, I give and I give..
** No relation to Lena Olin. Or Ken, as far as I know, although to be honest I haven't really done the research on that one.
A smallish raccoon sized mammal that lives in the Andes mountains in Ecuador, it has previously been mistaken for it's cousin, the slightly larger Olingo. I know - we're all mortified at having made such an obvious blunder. I know I personally pride myself on my finely honed Olingo-Identifying skills.
Apparently, it was discovered thusly - Kristofer Helgen, the Smithsonian's curator of mammals, was looking through some drawers of dead mammals that he had laying around, when he realized that one of them wasn't an Olingo, but was in fact an entirely new and distinct species. So he popped down to Ecuador to do a little research, found some, and determined that - yup - they were just different enough to count as a new species. BINGO - New Mammal. (Must remember to patent Bingo variant called 'Olingo' where you can play O's on either side...)
Let's take just a moment to note the ways in which Kris' job is more awesome than yours:
1: He spends his days poking through draws of preserved animal carcasses just for funsies. (a little creepy, I admit. But I'd take this over finance reports any day)
2: It's within his remit to pop off to Ecuador just to check out a hunch. ECUADOR. There are days when I can't justify the three minutes it would take to go to the bathroom. Kris goes to South America. Your argument is invalid.
3: His title is CURATOR OF F*CKING MAMMALS. I apologize for the salty language there, but I felt like the emphasis was necessary. This is his business card-
As a side note - normally I would have included a picture of the l'il critter (who is, I might add, cute as a button) but it's been brought to my attention that you're actually only supposed to use images that are either out of copyright or that you've paid for and so I'm already in the process of overhauling a LOT of earlier posts and don't need to add to the problem, thank you very much.