Amazing addition at Amazonia

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Visitors to Amazonia this summer are in for a treat as they’ll be able to catch a glimpse of Sockie, the newest member of the kinkajou family.

The mammals which are native to the tropical forests of Central and South America are notoriously hard to spot as they are nocturnal and spend most of their lives swinging between the branches at night time.

The staff at the Strathclyde Park attraction hand-reared the kinkajou as its parents hadn’t been successful in raising their previous offspring.

Sockie, named because of the handmade sock sleeping bag he was kept in as a baby, recently turned four months and is developing extremely well.

Zoo manager Amanda Gott has been up night and day caring for him since he was 10 days old.

She said: “Sockie is adorable and into everything. He is at that age where he just wants to play constantly and is very mischievous.

“Kinkajous are excellent climbers as they have a pre-hensile tail, meaning they can use it like an extra limb to hang on to things and help them move around the rainforest.

“Sockie is now at the age where he is climbing on to everything possible!

“Unfortunately we do not have the space to house another adult kinkajou so Sockie will be moving on to another zoological collection in the next few months. I would encourage people to pop along to Amazonia and hopefully catch a glimpse of him before he leaves for his new home.

“He will be making only a few appearances in some of our animal handling sessions over the next few weeks because he is still so small, but his parents are housed in the nocturnal area of Amazonia and you will often see them run over your heads!”

Amazonia, which is also home to monkeys, parrots, snakes, tarantulas, butterflies, bats and much more, is open every day from 10am-6pm. For more information visit Amazonia