Monday, August 24, 2015
Kinkajou caught in Broad Channel
Posted: Monday, August 24, 2015 11:58 am | Updated: 12:50 pm, Mon Aug 24, 2015.
The kinkajou that had been spotted in a tree in Broad Channel near the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Center was caught on Wednesday and is under the care of the Animal Care & Control of NYC, according to a National Parks Service spokeswoman.
An email forwarded to the Queens Chronicle from a member of Northeastbirding.com states that the tropical critter had wandered away from the tree it called home for close to a week and was found just south of the visitors' center.
"It was asleep when found, so the capture was easy," the email reads.
An NPS spokeswoman later confirmed the animal's capture and added that it was handed over to the city's animal control unit.
The kinkajou was spotted by Elmhurst photographer Cesar Castillo on Aug. 13 near the visitors center. It's an uncommon find in New York City, being a native mammal from Central America and the northern half of South America.
Cathy Horvath, of the Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation group in North Massapequa, LI., had been seeking the NPS's permission to rescue the kinkajou before it moved from its resting place.