Wednesday is our oldest animal. She is a quiet kinkajou who enjoys her sleep. She, however, has quite the feisty side and can be very dangerous if provoked. Wednesday was unfortunately declawed by her former owner, in an attempt to make her “safer”, but Wednesday packs a lot of attitude into her small body and, when she continued to be too much to handle, she was surrendered by her owner to Carolina Tiger Rescue. Wednesday enjoys her peaceful life at Carolina Tiger, where she is left alone unless it’s time for dinner.
How Wednesday Came to the Sanctuary
Wednesday was a private pet before coming to Carolina Tiger Rescue but was surrendered to Carolina Tiger after continually biting her owner. Wednesday was declawed by her owners and now has arthritis in her nubby fingers as a result.
Wednesday can be very deceptive in her nature. She usually puts on a cute face for visitors but do not let that adorable face deceive you; kinkajous are very aggressive creatures that are also known as “The Devil’s Honey Bear”. Wednesday has been known to try to attack keepers and volunteers who get close to her enclosure and are not paying attention.
Wednesday was born in 1988 in an unknown location and became a private pet at a young age. Despite her age, she continues to be aggressive toward people and things she does not like. Her first warning comes as a hiss and growl then she will lash out with her hands. Typically at the end of kinkajou fingers are long sharp claws, but Wednesday was unfortunately declawed by her previous owner. This has caused arthritis in her hands which has become very painful for her.
Where in Sanctuary
Wednesday lives off tour next to Baxter 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, and other exotic wild animals. Wednesday is a direct result of this lack of legislation. Due to the ease with which animals such as Wednesday can be acquired, people are obtaining them as pets and then realizing, sometimes at the expense of a human life or the animal's life, that this is not a good idea. Animals such as Wednesday deserve to be respected as the wild animals they are.