The newly-named olinguito has become the first New World carnivore to be identified in 35 years.
For more than a century the olinguito, also known as Bassaricyon neblina, was mistaken for its larger close cousin the olingo.
But following a 10 year research project examining the skull, teeth and skin of museum specimens and tracking the animals in the wild, scientists at the Smithsonian Institute confirmed it is a different species.
More top news
The Good Morning Britain team have been showing support for Text Santa by performing their own version of the Wham! hit Last Christmas.
A seven-month-old baby was shot and killed when a shotgun belonging to his mother's boyfriend went off in their living room, police say.
Bob Geldof revealed that he "half expected" the death of his daughter Peaches due to the "way she was carrying on".