Kinkajou, a rainforest mammal, found in High Point backyard

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — A High Point woman found a Kinkajou in her backyard garden last Friday.

A Kinkajou is a rainforest mammal similar to a raccoon and is normally found in Central and South America, but Christine Haude found it near her garden on Trinity Ave.

One of her relatives got the Kinkajou into a trash can, then called animal control to come get the creature.

Haude says she has no idea how the animal got there.

The kinkajou also known as the ‘honey bear’, is not an endangered species, though it is seldom seen by people because of its strict nocturnal habits. However, they are hunted for the pet trade, for their fur and for their meat.

They can live up to 40 years in captivity.