The 5-year-old kinkajou was brought to the Carolina Tiger Rescue, an animal sanctuary that specializes in big cats and other exotic animals who have been kept as pets. Rescuers named her Lola and determined that, thankfully, she was in very good health.
"It is believed that Lola was a pet that either escaped her former home, or was 'released' because of her wild instincts," Katie Cannon, education director at the sanctuary, told The Dodo. "While the staff and volunteers waited for her owner to come forward, no one ever did."
Due to the animal's cute appearance, many people purchase kinkajous to become pets, according to Cannon, before realizing that, once they reach maturity, they can be quite aggressive and don't actually belong in someone's house - kinkajous are wild animals after all. Once they reach that point, their owners often seek new homes for them, or end up abandoning them.