Day 106: Fortuna Cloud Forest, Panama
I met Rocky my second night at the Lost and Found Lodge. Rocky is a kinkajou and while I thought he was a type of monkey, he’s actually a type of raccoon.
Kinkajou’s are also known as honeybears because of their soft light brown fur.
Rocky has had an interesting life. At a young age he was taken from the jungle, castrated and given to small boy who named him.
Once the boy went to school his family made him give him up and he was adopted by the hostel. Unfortunately Rocky had been badly hurt and after many vet bills it was determined he would not survive in the wild.
In addition to his domestication his nose is damaged and he makes sniffing noises that would attract predators.
A nocturnal animal, Rocky awakes every night and backpackers are carefully let into his area so they can play with him.
His owners thinks that the boy played with him every day and now he’s addicted to human affection. He Loves to have his belly rubbed and will nip like a dog. He’s as odd as an ewok but adorable as a puppy.
I’ve heard kinkajous are becoming popular pets and I can see why.