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Couple Keep Mischievous Kinkajou As Pet | CUTE AS FLUFF

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.

Reader Comments

  1. 1.) Stella was NOT taken from the wild. She was captive bred in the US specially to be a pet. Kinkajous have been bred for decades in the US specifvally to be pets, just like sugar gliders or hedgehogs. It's near impossible to smuggle mammals in the US anyways, with our rigorous airport security.  
    2.) It is not abusive to own exotic pets, provided to care for them correctly of course…. Does Stella look unhappy to you? 
    3.) Kinkajous are NOT for everyone, do your research before getting one. This goes for ANY animal. 
    4.) Stella is not a wild animal nor does she belong in the wild.
    I'd recommend anyone skeptical to read the article "10 Myths About Exotic Pet Ownership" or to join the growing exotic pet community to REALLY see how we love and care for our pets, instead of reading articles that lie about us and misrepresent us, and which are written by people who hate us. 
     I will also answer any questions, about pet kinkajous or exotic pets as a whole, as I wholeheartedly support responsible exotic pet ownership, as well as Stella and her amazing owners.

  2. Idk about the whole exotic animals as pets thing. Like I think it would be fun to own one as I am also a crazy animal person but at the same time this is not a naturally domesticated animal so idk if its ok. I know they said they aren't really like monkeys so I just hope that kinkajous deal better with the separation from their parents then monkeys do. You should really never have a monkey as a pet. If you look up videos of it, monkeys get very disturbed from the separation cuz normally in the wild they spend like a long time clinging to their parents, like up to a few years. They'll like rock themselves violently to mimic the motion of their parents. Very sad. But this kinkajou looks pretty happy so idk.

  3. Regardless of whether or not this kinkajou was born in captivity, videos like this still fuel the illegal pet trade. Irresponsible.

  4. They are extremely cute. But do not buy this animal for your kid. They are a handful and like to fight which is sometimes very painful. Cute is an understatement, I looovvvee mine!!!

  5. Barcroft, please show the people actually helping animals…there are an abundance of those stories needing to be told. These people are supporting the exotic animal trade, which kills thousands of animals each year (in regards to the way they are *SHIPPED*, transported, their capture, the horrific conditions exotic breeders – and really most cat and dog breeders as well- keep these animals in, and the irresponsibility of the majority of these exotic animal owners leaves these animals without homes and in very compromising conditions where they are CONSTANTLY re-sold. Not only are they financially supporting an industry of animal abuse and allowing the killing/abuse of other kinkajous, but they are reinforcing the commodification (they are not 'things') of the very animal they give their love to daily.

  6. So sad and pathetic that the US allow these breeders to even exist. But hey maybe it will get eaten by the servals they allow people to have as pets that escapes.

  7. Wasn't it a kinkajou, in a fourth season episode of ZOO, apparently being passed off as the pet mink (or, maybe, pine marten) of some French-Canadian hermit in New Brunswick?

  8. Kinkajou's are adorable and look very simular to our Australian Brush Tail possums , although the tail isn't hairy like our Brushy's the body shape and face look simular and even its nocturnal life and its love of sweet fruit is simular .

  9. I have a farm here in Belize and it has a lot of those cutties since its a nice rain forest patch… but there are endangered since a lot of Guatemalans like to eat them. They howl at night. If you don't know it's them you'd be scared bad. They really love wild fruits.

  10. How cute! I got to hold a kinkajou a few times at an exotic pet store, he was adorable. They really are neat creatures

  11. She most certainly is CUTE. But, I gave this video a thumbs down because of the high maintenance required in having a Kinkajou for a pet. Not that the video itself was bad. Wishing you many Blessings………….from Weirton, WV/USA.

  12. I saw this animal featured on an episode of a show called Wild Kratts ; saying that it is a "pollinator" that likes to suck the nectar from flowers, which is why it has such long skinny tongue to get into the flowers to eat. 🙂

  13. i heard they can release strong scents from their glands. can't be trained, and prefer night time, im assuming its de scented some how

  14. It's amazing how many people leave comments telling others what to do.  Believe it or not, it is not your business to tell people what kind of pet they should have.  The kinkajou in this video is well cared for and that should be what matters.

  15. There used to be a lot of parrots in the wild. Then ppl in rich countries wanted them as pets. Ppl in poor countries started catching them carelessly and their numbers plumetted. These folks may have bought from a responsible breeder, if such a thing exists for kinkajous, but many ppl won't. Let's have the humility to choose pets that are plentiful, like dogs and cats. The kinkajou in this video will never breed in the wild. It is dead to it's native population. All the offspring it might have had will never exist.

  16. so, they know little about their wild animal pet. living from mexico to brazil and are NOCTURNAL and should be sleeping during the day. but sure. why not.

  17. as much as i would want a wild animal like a wolf… i think i rather get a irish wolfhound or even better A KEESHOND!!!!!
    less to worry for if i have kids in the future by far!! never heard of a temperamental keeshond ever at all…

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