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apophis99942
08-16-2013, 07:33 AM
Scientists in the US have discovered a new animal living in the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador.

It has been named olinguito and is the first new species of carnivore to be identified in the Western hemisphere in 35 years.

It has taken more than a decade to identify the mammal, a discovery that scientists say is incredibly rare in the 21st Century.

The credit goes to a team from the Smithsonian Institution.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23701151

MikeWhalen
08-16-2013, 11:04 AM
I watched a news report on this last night, and the reporter showed some pictures of the animal to some kids. They loved the looks of the new animal but they didn't much like the new name for it. They tried several times to pronounce it and found it difficult and confusing.
It struck me that the scientists might have missed a big opportunity to get some small but really loud champions for this new critter. A kid friendly name might help

M

Ian B
08-17-2013, 02:53 AM
Mike: Coincidentally the same clip was on our TV News last night, and it was described as looking like part "teddy bear" and part cat. Looks more like a possum to me or a racoon. But whatever it's called, it will be difficult for some to pronounce. Olinguito (olingweeto) isn't so bad really. :P

MikeWhalen
08-17-2013, 03:13 AM
Ian...I do think they said its part of the raccoon family

as for pronouncing, I can see how an Aussie might not think Olinguito (olingweeto) , is 'so bad'.

look at the freaking names you guys have to routinely use!

Manayingkarírra
Goondiwindi
Woolloongabba
Yackandandah

:)

Mike

Ian B
08-17-2013, 02:44 PM
Thanks Mike, but you left out Woloomooloo, Tungatina, Wagga Wagga, Yarralumla, and many more. By the way, these names are all Aboriginal names. Most of us "pale faces" speak English and can pronounce Amisk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amisk,_Alberta): AthabascaRiver (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athabasca_River), Lake Athabasca (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Athabasca), AthabascaFalls (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athabasca_Falls), Mount Athabasca (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Athabasca), Athabasca (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athabasca,_Alberta): Kananaskis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kananaskis_Country)Medicine Hat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicine_Hat): LakeMinnewanka (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Minnewanka): (Although “wanka” has a different meaning for us)NikanassinRange (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikanassin_Range): Okotoks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okotoks,_Alberta): Ponoka (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponoka,_Alberta):Wabasca (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabasca,_Alberta):Wetaskiwin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetaskiwin,_Alberta):Wapiti River (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wapiti_River): Waputik Range (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waputik_Range): and even some of the Fracophile names.:)

Baltimore1937
08-22-2013, 10:14 AM
From Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/15/olinguito-new-mammal-species_n_3761649.html?utm_hp_ref=email_share

Check the pronunciation and photos.

kelvinb
11-01-2013, 07:43 AM
Thanks Mike, but you left out Woloomooloo, Tungatina, Wagga Wagga, Yarralumla, and many more. By the way, these names are all Aboriginal names. Most of us "pale faces" speak English and can pronounce Amisk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amisk,_Alberta): AthabascaRiver (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athabasca_River), Lake Athabasca (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Athabasca), AthabascaFalls (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athabasca_Falls), Mount Athabasca (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Athabasca), Athabasca (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athabasca,_Alberta): Kananaskis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kananaskis_Country)Medicine Hat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicine_Hat): LakeMinnewanka (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Minnewanka): (Although “wanka” has a different meaning for us)NikanassinRange (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikanassin_Range): Okotoks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okotoks,_Alberta): Ponoka (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponoka,_Alberta):Wabasca (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabasca,_Alberta):Wetaskiwin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetaskiwin,_Alberta):Wapiti River (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wapiti_River): Waputik Range (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waputik_Range): and even some of the Fracophile names.:)

Those are some names i will be having hard time to pronounce :biggrin1: