The Olinguito: A Newly Discovered Species

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Big news erupted in 2013 when a cute, furry animal, the olinguito, was revealed to the world.  It was the first species discovered in 35 years from the raccoon family. The olingo, a relative of the olinguito, triggered the search for the olinguito. They live in the cloud forests of the Andes in South America. Kristofer Helgen, a scientist, discovered these fuzzy furballs.

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Prior to his discovery,  people brought olingo pelts for him and the other scientists to study.  One pelt caught his eye. Not brown and soft like olingo fur, it was orange and fuzzy. Its tail was longer, too. Plus, the skull was different. Kristofer got goose bumps. He was excited!!!

Had he discovered a new species?

It would take 10 more years of research to find out. The pelt was labeled #66753. He took DNA from pelt #66753 and took DNA from an olingo. It was different!! He was ecstatic. He called the new animal olinguito which means little olingo because it was smaller and looked like an olingo.

But, were there any olinguitos left in the wild?

 

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Adorable Baby Olinguito!!

 

Before telling the world that he had discovered a new species, he heard a story. Ringerl, a female olingo, was brought to the zoo hoping she would find an olingo mate. She refused to mate with any. They brought her to 4 different zoos, and she still wouldn’t. He took the DNA of her and it matched to pelt #66753’s DNA. But, that was 30 years ago. Could these animals still be living?

Finally, they found a living olinguito!!!

The locals had rarely seen them, but when they did they called it “Night Monkey”. It was confirmed the olinguito was a new species.

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Fun Facts About the Olinguito

  • Olinguitos build nests to sleep in.
  • Baby olinguitos stay in the nest for a month.
  • Once the babies are 2 months, they ride on their mothers back till they can climb and walk.
  • A mother olinguito usually has one baby at a time. They are mostly born in March and February.
  • Their long tail, which is a little longer than them, can work as a blanket to curl up at night in and hang.
  •  Baby olinguitos are about the size of a kitten and look adorable!!

If you would like to learn more about olinguitos, you may enjoy these books!

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German Shepherds

 

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German Shepherds are amazing creatures.

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German Shepherds can grow up to 2.5 feet. Also, they weigh from 50 to 90 pounds. Plus, they eat 40 pounds of food a month.

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Working dogs

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Mainly, German Shepherds live up to ten years, which is 70 in human years. Later in life, these big dogs have hip and elbow problems. Also, they tend to get ear infections.

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What is their Latin name?

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Fun Facts for Kids About the Redwoods

Have you ever wondered about those huge old trees, the Redwoods?

 

  1. Some of the Redwoods started growing right before Jesus was born.
  2. The oldest-known Redwood is about 2,200 years-old. There also are some older ones, but we don’t know their ages.
  3. The redwoods by Santa Cruz can grow up to about 300 ft. or more.
  4. Most redwoods you see are about 50 – 150 years old.
  5. The California Coastal Redwoods grow from Big Sur to south Oregon.
  6. The Latin or scientific name for California Coastal Redwood is sequoia sempervirens. 
  7. Scientist show that Redwoods catch more carbon dioxide (CO2) than any other tree.
  8. Without the Redwoods, some animals would be endangered or even extinct.
  9. Redwoods can be used as great building wood because its bark can be 1 foot thick.

 

 

 

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This is an albino Redwood.

 

Redwoods are beautiful trees. We should help Redwoods grow and learn more about them.

 

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Too so my post on day 3 of Thanksgiving trip with the redwoods click the link below:

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I Love Foxes

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Lightning hitting the earth

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Huge lightning bolt.

 Click here for a rare lightning storm at my house.

Lightning strikes the U.S.A about 25 million times a year. Lightning is hotter than the sun. (Click here to see what Google has to say about it.) A lightning bolt is about 53,540 degrees Fahrenheit or 30,000 kelvins. The sun is about 10,340 degrees Fahrenheit or 6,000 kelvins.

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