Thursday, November 6, 2014

Creature Feature #383: Kinkajou

The Kinkajou is a small, arboreal mammal that makes her home in the rainforests of Central and South America. Although she falls in the the Order Carnivora, she favours a frugivorous diet and particularly enjoys figs. When eating fruit, she holds it in her paws, scooping out the pulp with her 12 cm long tongue. She uses her prehensile tail to assist her in climbing and will occasionally hang from it. During the day she sleeps in tree hollows, coming out at night to scramble through the trees, and thus does not compete directly with (most) monkey species for food.

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