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Stephen Kruiser

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August 15, 2013 - 8:22 pm

You would too.

For all of modern history, a small, carnivorous South American mammal in the raccoon family has evaded the scientific community. Untold thousands of these red, furry creatures scampered through the trees of the Andean cloud forests, but they did so at night, hidden by dense fog. Nearly two dozen preserved samples—mostly skulls or furs— were mislabeled in museum collections across the United States. There’s even evidence that one individual lived in several American zoos during the 1960s—its keepers were mystified as to why it refused to breed with its peers.

Now, the discovery of the olinguito has solved the mystery. At an announcement today in Washington, D.C., Kristofer Helgen, curator of mammals at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, presented anatomical and DNA evidence that establish the olinguito (pronounced oh-lin-GHEE-toe) as a living species distinct from other known olingos, carnivorous tree-dwelling mammals native to Central and South America. His team’s work, also published today in the journal ZooKeys, represents the first discovery of a new carnivorous mammal species in the American continents in more than three decades.

Although new species of insects and amphibians are discovered fairly regularly, new mammals are rare, and new carnivorous mammals especially rare.

I’m out…suddenly craving a burger or three.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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We should EAT vegans. As part of the nature worship of Gaia, vegans, who claim to be healthier than the rest of us, should sacrifice themselves to feed the hungry. That has a nice, pagany, ritualistic feel to ti, doesn't it?
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It has always struck me as odd that some leftist always scream about the loss of species. Really, we don't even know how many species there are and every few years the scientist announce the finding of new ones. Much like climate change, I will worry about it when I actually see some evidence of it.
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They only care about endangered species whose preservation will require massive disruption to the economy, throwing people out of work who will need government handouts to survive, and can (they hope) be conditioned to vote reliably to preserve those handouts.
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