Kinkajous: State commission rejects petition to legalize them as pets


As an example of such "unrecognizable pathogens," she pointed to a 2003 outbreak of monkeypox among pet prairie dogs -- a disease, she wrote, that the prairie dogs picked up from African rats. (Yikes!)

"Prairie dogs are highly susceptible to monkeypox infection and are capable of transmitting this virus to their owners," she added. "Seventy-one human monkeypox cases were identified in this multistate outbreak."

Also mentioned at the commission meeting, Hampton says, was the fact that heiress Paris Hilton was bitten by her pet kinkajou, Baby Luv, in 2006.

Hilton went to the emergency room, where she received a tetanus shot, according to press accounts. But the bite wasn't bad enough to keep her from doing two photo shoots the following day.

The media has reported other kinkajou bites, as well. In 2011, a sixteen-year-old in Tennessee spent six days in the hospital battling a bacteria she likely contracted when her aunt's kinkajou bit her, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Look below to read Dryer's petition, as well as the letters submitted by the state agencies opposing kinkajou legalization.

Kinkajou Legalization Petition

Letters from State Agencies re: Kinkajou

More from our Follow That Story archive: "Video: The Daily Show rips Brosurance...and Hosurance."


Follow me on Twitter @MelanieAsmar or e-mail me at melanie.asmar@westword.com

My Voice Nation Help
19 comments
Jim Burness
Jim Burness

But I understand a wallaby is legal.

Jeff Chacon
Jeff Chacon

After I smoke enough legal weed my dog will look like a kinkajou anyway.

Kyle Hartman
Kyle Hartman

This is a damn shame. Poor choices have been made.

Chase Squires
Chase Squires

You outlaw kinkajous, then only outlaws will have kinkajous.

James Gold
James Gold

I agree with this decision. Pokemon characters are DANGEROUS!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"You cannot own any property without our permission. Be thankful you live in a free country." -- The State

The United State has a strange definition of freedom

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident 

I hate tyranny, whether it's a tyrant dictator or the tyranny of the majority. The difference is semantic and the reality is the same.

Compared to hating freedom, it's the moral high-ground.

Now Trending

Denver Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...