Meet Whistler, also known as The Special One. He is a kinkajou, a nocturnal animal that is part of the raccoon family. Kinkajous have impressively long tongues and a prehensile tail that makes them agile tree dwellers. We have received many kinkajous and have developed our own succesfull rehabilitation and release program for them.
Whistler won't be part of the free gang though. He has several physical and mental issues. But that is not the only reason we call him The Special One. Unlike most adult kinkajous he is very friendly and playful and enjoys human company. Along with a few other unreleasable animals, he is the exception on our strict hands-off policy. You therefore might find some photos on Instagram of volunteers giving Whistler some attention. He really enjoys it and it makes his life brighter. But be aware that kinkajous are wild animals that ought to be in nature and can cause serious physical damage with their sharp claws and teeth! Don't keep them as pets ever!
Whistler es un cusumbo, un animal nocturno y unos de los pocos animales en Merazonia con que tenemos contacto fisico. Por tener problemas físicos y psicológicos no podemos liberarlo y por eso recibe extra atención humana. Pero normalmente son animales silvestres, agresivos y peligrosos que pueden causar mucho daño fisico. !no son mascotas!
I know I show a lot of the cutesy stuff of Gizmo, but I also want to show you guys the reality. This is why I cannot go on vacation ever. It is also why I spend most of my time at home and am very adamant about letting public interactions be on her terms.
As well socialized as Gizmo is (being out at least six hours a day and having the opportunity to have met many new people) if I am not around she can get very crabby!
She knows her dad and loves to play with him, but she even gets sassy with him if I'm not around! I hid around the corner to be able to share this video with you. Notice how quickly her disposition changes after her dad shares some Koolaid with her and attempts to touch her paw.
I could not ever have somebody come and watch her without worrying that they would get bit, or Giz would just not get out to play and only get food and water tossed her way. Kinkajous require a great deal of commitment and care. Caring for her has completely changed my lifestyle.