Mom and her
baby enjoying
some zucchini
Timmy
This is our newest rescue...a severely abused kinkajou,
also commonly called a honey bear, we took in
November 20th.  He's an older male who was kept in an
aquarium at a road side zoo for at least eight or nine
years.  His feet were extremely infected and swollen,
probably from standing in his own urine and feces for
almost a decade.  He had wounds and scabs all over his
head, a large hole in his hind leg, at least one of his
teeth was cracked, and he shaked non-stop.  A very kind
woman in Ohio found this poor guy for sale online and
called us, asking if we would help this abused animal.  
She paid a lot of money to get him out of a bad situation,
and then brought him all the way to us.

I took him to my veterinarian November 22 and here is
the diagnosis:  He had a fracture in one of his toes on his
left front foot (the toe required surgical amputation), he
had a cracked tooth (which was extracted) and absess,
he had other extremely swollen toes (which eventually
healed from the antibiotics he's been on), he had tendon
damage to his rear right leg, which would explain him not
being able to use it much, he had tremendous tremors
(don't know the cause), plus numerous other less major
problems.  Blood work was done, as well as fecal tests.

The blood results came back a few days later and were
pretty normal, which was really good news.  His stool
was amazingly free of parasites.

I returned to the vet 10 days later for a follow up visit
and to have the sutures removed.   His foot, where the
toe had to be amputated, looked great.  His other foot,
which was quite swollen, now looked normal.  The
abcess in his mouth healed and the scabs on his head
were gone.  More blood was drawn to compare to his
previous levels.  The only change was an increase in his
white blood cells, which indicated an infection.  I had to
give him Baytril twice a day, vitamin B complex every
morning and Metacam twice a week.  He also had what
looked to be petechial hemorrhages on the soles of three
of his feet.  My vet didn't know what they were, so we're
just watching them and hoping the Baytril helps.  His
appetite has slowly increased (even though he mainly
picks out the bananas).


I started a GoFundMe account to help pay for this guy's
rehab and long-term care and promised the highest donor
the honor of naming this kinkajou.  His name is now
Timmy.

The best news is the tremors, which were constant when
we got him, are now almost nonexistent!  Here's some
graphic photos when we first received Timmy
This was Timmy on his first day with us
Here's his foot right
after the surgery
This was Timmy's toe that
was fractured and badly
infected.  It had to be
surgically amputated
Here's his head,
covered with scabs
This is his other front leg
that had two severely
infected toes.  Both were
saved with antibiotics