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Wayward kinkajou found on Chicago doorstep

June 4, 2010 |  9:17 pm


CHICAGO — A small, furry, long-tailed critter found napping on a Chicago porch is apparently more than 2,000 miles away from where it belongs.

Animal control experts say an exotic kinkajou was found sleeping Thursday in the city's Pilsen neighborhood. Nobody knew what it was until Lincoln Park Zoo experts identified it.

The National Geographic website says kinkajous are related to raccoons. They're typically found not on Chicago porches but in the trees of tropical forests in Central and South America.

Animal control experts suspect it was an escaped pet.

Officials are waiting for someone to claim the animal, which isn't illegal to own in Illinois. If nobody does, it probably will end up in an exotic animal sanctuary.

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-- Associated Press

Photo: A kinkajou (not the one found in Chicago) looks through a fence at the Nature of Wildworks sanctuary in Topanga Canyon in a 2005 photo. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times

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