Posted at 14:09h
Midway into the year gone by, the zoologists and taxonomists “announced” to the world the discovery or rather “confirmed” the existence of yet another mammalian species in the planet Earth- Olinguito
. This mammal from the raccoon family had until then, evaded the ever prying and curious eyes of the wildlife experts and explorers. However, the late introduction of this mammal into the annals of zoological literature is attributed to a “case of mistaken identity”.
As pointed out by Kristofer Helgen, curator of mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, USA:
"It (olinguito) was in museums, it's been in zoos, and its DNA had even been sequenced, but no one had connected the pieces and looked close enough to realize, basically, the significance of this remarkable and this beautiful animal,"
Awed by this piece of news in all major bulletins, question that arises now is how many more species of animals are yet to be discovered by the humans?