The Pine Grove Zoo in Little Falls will be a busy place come spring. In addition to their all new North American River Otter Exhibit, they are also welcoming a Kinkajou named Papaya!

The Kinkajou (KING-kə-joo) is a rain forest mammal that is also referred to as a "honey bear". They are commonly found in the rain forests of Latin and South America. The Pine Grove Zoo posted on Facebook about Papaya saying:

They are built for climbing, sharing the same double-jointed wrists of raccoons and coatis, whom are both cousins to this creature.

They eat insects, fruit and small animals and have a specially developed long tongue that they use to hollow out termite dens and even go after honey in beehives. Kinkajous use their tail as a fifth limb to assist in climbing as they search for food. They are usually golden brown and have large eyes to help them see in the dark while foraging at night, as they are primarily nocturnal. 

Isn't she just precious? Papaya will be on exhibit this coming spring, along with the North American River Otters. If it's been a while since you last visited the zoo, it'll be something fun and exciting to look forward to!

Learn all about the animals that call Little Falls home and plan your upcoming spring visit to the Pine Grove Zoo on their website or Facebook page!

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