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Wandering Kinkajou Rescued

Johnston Co. sheriff takes in rescued honey bear



    by Bruce Felps

    With apologies to Monty Python: Now for something completely different.

    Animal rescue groups across Dallas-Fort Worth spend a lot of time and expend a lot of effort reuniting lost dogs and cats with their humans. The Johnson County sheriff’s office recently joined the rescue ranks when it took in what most likely is a lost exotic animal, a kinkajou, also called a honey bear — not exactly your everyday household pet.

    The poor little guy, or girl, wandered in to the home of a rural Johnston County resident. Probably scared the bejabbers out of said resident, but he or she captured the wide-eyed animal anyhow. Since kinkajous are native to Central and South America, this one most likely did not saunter up from its natural home and into a nearby wooded area.

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    The little critter suffers from severe frostbite to its feet, and it’s now in the care of the Humane Society of North Texas and, one would hope, a veterinarian.

    Sheriff Bob Alford asked for anyone missing a kinkajou — and you know who you are — or anyone who knows anyone missing a kinkajou to call the department at 817-556-6058 to set the reunion gears in motion.

    Help get this cute little guy, or girl, home, please.

    Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. A buddy of his back in the day had a kinkajou as a pet. Small world.