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KINKAJOU (Cercoleptes caudivolvulus or Polos flavus), the single species of an aberrant genus of the raccoon family ( Procyonidae). It has been split up into a number of local races. A native of the forests of the warmer parts of South and Central Arherica, the kinkajou is about the size of a cat, of a uniform pale, yellowish-brown colour, nocturnal and arboreal in its habits, feeding on fruit, honey, eggs and small birds and mammals, and is of a tolerably gentle disposition and easily tamed. (See CARNIVORA.)

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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