I just this minute got a “CNN breaking news alert”: this is it in its entirety:
Smithsonian announces new species called olinguito and describes it as cross between house cat and teddy bear.
(CNN usually reserves its “news alerts” for important world events.)
Well, what they mean is that this new creature looks like the offspring of a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear. This is not a joke, and I’m curious to see what on earth this is. Readers can post updates below.
But I will relate a joke that my father used to tell me:
Dad: “What do you get when you cross a lion with a parrot”?
Jerry: “I don’t know, Dad.”
Dad: “I don’t know either, but when it talks, you’d better listen!”
Well, that’s a joke, but the olinguito apparently is not.
I’ll be here all week, folks.
UPDATE: Here’s a photo of it, one of three from the BBC report:
It’s described as the first new species of carnivore to be found in the Western hemisphere in 35 years. It resides in Colombia and Ecuador.