Animals in the News

Watch out, Bo — there’s a new dog in town.

The White House says the Obamas have added a second dog to the first family. Her name is Sunny, and she’s a Portuguese Water Dog — the same breed as the Obamas’ other dog, Bo. The White House says that breed works well for the Obamas because of family allergies.

Sunny was born a year ago in June in Michigan and arrived at the White House Monday.

She’s expected to join Bo for evening walks and the occasional Oval Office huddle with the president.

The White House says the Obamas will donate in Sunny’s honor to the Washington Humane Society.

The Obamas adopted their first White House dog in April 2009, fulfilling a campaign promise to daughters Sasha and Malia.

New Mammal Discovered

by Rebecca on August 16, 2013

in Animals in the News

The newly named “Olinguito” lives in the “cloud forests” in the Andes. Its scientific name, Bassaricyon neblina, comes from the Spanish name for fog.

Mark Gurney

Mark Gurney

A new mammal species has been confirmed by scientists, and it’s already melting hearts. The olinguito, described as a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear, is the first new carnivorous mammal identified in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years, and it’s considered one of the cutest scientific finds in recent memory.

Researchers first spotted the critter on a trip to Ecuador in 2006. On their very first night out into the fig tree jungle near Otonga, they saw it, but it has taken seven years to determine, genetically, how distinct it really was from the other furry mammals it resembles.

Read more at: http://www.nbcnews.com/science/cutest-new-animal-discovered-its-olinguito-6C10925572

 

 


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