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Officials rescue kinkajou found in hotel reception area

Last updated on April 26, 2021

Cozumel, Q.R. — The Deputy Director of Ecology, Fernando Pola Rodríguez, says they responded to the report of a female kinkajou, which they were told, was inside the reception area of a hotel. Although not native to Cozumel, they are common.

Pola Rodríguez explained that “the Mico de Noche (kinkajou) is a nocturnal species that is protected by NOM-059 of Semarnat, and although it is not endemic to Cozumel, it is common to find them in the region,” he said adding that “a small population of this species has already adapted to live here.”

The kinkajou, also known as a honey bear, was given a medical evaluation before being released

He noted that in cases where the animal is captured, notice is given to the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) and the animal taken for a medical elevation to rule out diseases and, in the event of any suffering, receives adequate treatment before its release.

He remarked that the sighting of the animal may have been due to the passage of hurricanes and tropical storms, whereas, part of the vegetation on which they fed was lost, which could have lead them to a populated area in search of food.

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