Macano is social and inquisitive. He does not like the cold at all. He prefers to stay in his warm den box even on warmer days. Macano is always up for attention though and always wants to know what is going on and to see if anyone brought him something good to eat. Macano loves insects and is quick to eat them first when he gets his food. He loves smelly perfumes and will rub them into his tail!
How Macano Came to the Sanctuary
Macano and his former enclosure-mate, Lily, who passed away on October 10, 2018, came to Carolina Tiger Rescue along with 14 other animals from a facility in Colorado. The facility closed down when the owner fell ill. Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries around the country to find homes for over 100 animals.
Macano has slowed down as he has aged. At 14 years old, he considered a geriatric coatimundi. While he enjoys getting enrichment, he has a harder time climbing and getting around, so he gets a lot of scent enrichment which he loves to rub into his tail. He loves a lot of different perfumes and the smellier the better!
Macano weighs around 16 pounds. Macano also has two black “moles” on the left side of his snout. These “moles” are from previously impacted scent glands that have long since drained. It has no impact on his current health and now simply serves as an easy way to identify him.
Where in Sanctuary
Macano, due to his age and health status, is currently living in an enclosure in the vet center. He is closely monitored by the keepers and staff and provided lots of enrichment to keep him busy.
Coatimundis like Macano are popular in the pet trade. These animals generally are very laid-back and docile which leads people to believe they are good pets. Coatimundis, however, are wild animals that should be and deserve to be in the wild. Lily and Macano were both declawed which is a popular practice with wild animals in the pet trade to make an animal "safer". Coatimundis often suffer in homes and can often develop OCD behaviors. These animals are very intelligent and very active. They spend the majority of their day foraging for food which keeps their minds and bodies in shape. They are often not given this opportunity when they are kept as pets. Carolina Tiger Rescue is a firm believer that no wild animal should be a pet.