COMM: Justin and Samantha Powell are owners
to a rather rare and unusual pet. JUSTIN POWELL: Kinkajous are rainforest mammals. A lot of people when they see them think they’re
related to maybe a monkey or a lemur or something like that, but they’re really more closely
related to raccoons. SAMANTHA POWELL: They are nocturnal mammals
from the Amazon, from South America. They have prehensile tails meaning her tail is
like a fifth arm. COMM: Stella the Kinkajou became part of the Powell family two and a half years ago when
they bought her from a specialist breeder, when she was just three weeks old. JUSTIN POWELL: It’s not like owning a dog or cat, she is somewhat high maintenance.
So, there’s a lot of things to think about. SAMANTHA POWELL: It’s in my mouth. JUSTIN POWELL: She is very rambunctious, energetic. We call her, ‘Her Royal Highness’ and
a pest. She can get pretty mischievous and get into things, likes to play fight sometimes, likes to wrestle, climb things. She is quite a handful. SAMANTHA POWELL: She likes to snuggle during the day because she is nocturnal. COMM: Since owning Stella, the family have learnt how training a kinkajou differs from
your everyday pet. JUSTIN POWELL: What training? JUSTIN POWELL: Kinkajous don’t train very well. It’s more of a scenario of letting
her do what she wants. JUSTIN POWELL: Hello! You want a banana? JUSTIN POWELL: She is definitely one of the family. She knows Samantha and I as her parents
and our son, he is definitely a little brother to her. They can annoy each other sometimes.
Kinkajous are frugivorous, which means omnivores with a heavy preference for fruit. So, she
eats a lot of fruit, bananas are her favourite. JUSTIN POWELL: I think the negative feedback, folks just kind of keep their distance and
regard us as crazy animal people and the positive ones want to get in on the action that come
to see her immediately.