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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, March 16, 1974 Ask Andy KINKAJOUS Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Becky Radisch, age 12, of Kernersville. North Carolina, lor her question. What sort of animal is a kinkajou? When you see a kinkajou for the first time, he reminds you oi a furry pussy cat and a long-tailed monkey with a puppy dog face. But he is not related to any of these animals His family includes the raccoon and the giant panda. His native home is in the tall treetops of Central and South America. There he performs the most remarkable acrobatic antics and rarely ever visits the torest floor. Pet shops may sell the kinkajou as a honey bear. Certainly the furry little acrobat is not a bear But his thick silky coat is the color of golden honey and those who know him report that sweet honeybee honey is his favorite dessert In parts of Mexico, they call him the monkey-lion. This must be because he has a lion-colored coat and looks somewhat like a pretty, long- tailed monkey. Certainly, the gentle little character never attacks monkeys like a hungry lion The average kinkajou is Ttbout six pounds worth of silken fur and supple muscles. His legs are short arid his nails are shap His body is about one foot long and his most remarkable feature is a furry 18-inch tail It is a prehensile tail and he uses it as a fifth, hand to perform his acrobatic antics The kinkajou has a puppylike face with small ears set towards the sides of his head His large eyes have the haiy gaze of most smallish nocturnal mammals. In his jungle treetops. from Central America southward to Brazil, the frisky fellow is busy by night. When morning comes, he curls up like a kitten in a hollow tree or in a hammock of tangled vines. After sunset, he usually joins a troop of friends and relatives and off they frolic in search of food and fun. He does not leap monkey-style from bough to bough. His prehensile tail holds tight until his sturdy legs and claws have a good grip on the next branch People say that when a kinkajou holds on with his tail and his four feet, not even a hurricane could shake him out of his tree To some extent, he eats meat such as insects, birds and small rodents. But his favorite food is definitely fruit and he is happiest when dining with iriends in a fig tree. Then, with tail wound securely around a bough, he holds a ripe fig in his dainty hands and use his mobile, six- inch tongue to scoop out the pulp. The female kinkajou bears one or two blind babes, wearing black, furry coats. She tends them in the treetops. often carrying them in her mouth by the scruff of the neck. After about ten days the babies open their eyes and when seven weeks old they can swing by their remarkable kinkajou tails. Barring accidents, they can expect to live 20 years or more. When adopted, a pet kinkajou gives up his night time activities and stays awake during the day. He is gentle, loving and almost always well-behaved. He politely accepts apples and oranges, grapes and bananas, carrots and bread, raw and cooked meat plus a wide range of other foods. Between nibbles, he never tires of performing his agile acrobatics and certainly his human friends never tire of watching the cute little charmer QuMtiona asked by child- ran of Herald readers should mailed to Ask Andy, P.O Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92848. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS March 16, 1974 Hitler announced that Germany was returning to military conscription 39 years ago today in 1935 with the aim of creating a peacetime army of 35 divisions. This constituted an open repudiation of the Versailles Treaty, but only protests followed from the other powers. 1959 The Dalai Lama fled Tibet as anti Communist uprisings spread throughout the country. 1942 The first United States troops were stationed in Australia. 1918 German troops occupied Kiev. 1792 Gustavus HI of Sweden was shot. 1517 The Fifth Lateran Council ended. Goran on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN W74, TriMM WEEKLY BRIDGE QUIZ Q. vulnerable, as South you hold: 4kJ8 OAJ73 The bidding has proceeded: North East Sooth West 1 TO RfcLAtf AMD EMJoY LIFE. wsfl TROUBLE ...TM ROTTEN 3'16 by Mort wikcr FULL SPEED ahead is 39 plus knots for the Navy's new Sprnance-class of destroyers. Now under construction on the Gulf Coast, the tnaltimission warships will be equip- ped with antisubmarine rockets, torpedoes and helicop- ters in addition to conventional guns. bytJcapp TAKE THE FIRST fiHON.1 is CHIVALROUS! A TO PERMIT U'L XXJTME RRST SI MAN.? BUOW- BUT IN KUNGFU, THERE IS HO SECOND BLOW- THAT VAST SEA OF SON-SEAHEP SOFT, SJ6HJN6 SANCTUM OF SQUTUKE... 00UNP1ESS, 8WREN EVEK FASCINAflNGi W0NPEK OF ITJ ;