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24 Hours: Kinkajou

Posted on Dec 23, 2007 by in Carnivores, Mammalthons | 6 comments

Potos flavus

Number 0095

This is another case where the donor asked me to choose a mammal. For my tia Laura, I chose the kinkajou, a panda/raccoon relative.

I know I was supposed to cut down on research and commentary, but I remember reading a book when I was a kid about a family that had a pet kinkajou (among other exotic pets). I think it had kinkajou in the title, something like Kinkajous in the Icebox. I was wondering what Ivan T. Sanderson had to say about kinkajous as pets, and I thought you might be wondering too:

“They are really very common though most dangerous pets because their honey-eating apparently leads to an insatiable appetite for alcoholic liquids of all kinds. When they are inebriated, they go quite mad, and will attack their owners, latch on with their sharp claws, prehensile tail, and vicious teeth, and continue biting like no other mammal.”

P.S. Only three mammals left in the 24-mammal mammalthon!

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  1. They all look great. I am very proud of you. Ica and Isaiah and Luke are very impressed also!

  2. Thanks, Mom! What mammals do Luke and Isaiah like?

  3. hard to say, but they seem to even like mice (unlike their mom)!!

  4. that’s the cutest mammal i’ve seen in a while.

  5. Extremely adorable. Like you. Sounds like when DRA gets a little too much (although she’s just a little wild, no biting…)
    I love this.
    Thank you.

  6. This is great! I love your blog. It has quickly become one of my favorites. I especially like when you draw a mammal I’ve never heard of, like this one. Thanks for the beautiful drawings and all the information!

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