Baxter came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in June of 2018. He was a privately owned pet in Asheville, North Carolina. Baxter is Carolina Tiger Rescue’s smallest kinkajou weighing in at six pounds! Baxter is settling into his new home at the rescue without much fuss. He recently moved next door to Wednesday Kinkajou. He has enjoyed exploring his enclosure and is getting used to the sights and sounds of the other residents here.
Born January 15, 2011
How Baxter Came to the Sanctuary
Baxter came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in June of 2018. He was a privately owned pet surrendered by his owners when he became too much to handle. The couple lived in Asheville, North Carolina and had acquired Baxter when he was just 8 weeks old from a breeder. Once Baxter reached sexual maturity around 6 years old, he became extremely aggressive. His owners made the brave and best decision for him, to re-home him at Carolina Tiger Rescue.
Baxter is an energetic kinkajou who settles into new surroundings fairly seamlessly. He enjoys exploring his outdoor enclosure, running around on his platforms, and tearing up enrichment.
Baxter is Carolina Tiger Rescue's smallest kinkajou, weighing 6 pounds. He has medium-brown fur and low-set ears that stick out.
Where in Sanctuary
Baxter lives off tour next to Wednesday Kinkajou in Elm Grove. In the winter, they live inside one of the kinkajou houses. It is better for the kinkajous to be indoors in the cooler months because they are unable to regulate their body temperature in cold weather. In the warmer months, they live in outdoor enclosures attached to the kinkajou house.
North Carolina is one of four states were it is still legal to own a non-native species. In other words, it is legal in the state of North Carolina to own a lion, tiger, kinkajou, and other exotic wild animals. Baxter is a direct result of this lack of legislation. Due to the ease at which animals such as Baxter can be acquired, people are obtaining them as pets and then realizing, sometimes at the expense of a human life or the animals life, that this isn't a good idea. Though they are cute and helpless when they are small, these animals grow to be self-sufficient and no matter how much you love them, you cannot love the wild out of them.