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Elderly Woman Wakes Up to Find Exotic Animal on Her Chest      

The kinkajou is usually found in the rainforests of Central and South America.

A 99-year-old woman in Miami said she woke up to find an animal on her chest, according to a veterinarian caring for the unusual creature.

“I was awaken by a phone call at 2 a.m., which is never good news, and it was from my terrified mother-in-law,” said Carlos Aguaras.

Aguaras said he rushed over, and found the animal that had terrified his mother-in-law. The only other person in the home at the time was her live-in caregiver.

It was a kinkajou, an animal usually found in the rainforests of Central and South America, said Veterinarian Dr. Don J. Harris, who works for the South Dade Avian & Exotic Animal Medical Center…

(read more: NBC Miami)

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3 baby raccoons lounging on the forest floor @ High Park, Toronto (May 2014). Their mother was nowhere in sight. 

Articles about raccoons in Toronto:

Raccoon Tightrope Walks Across Utility Wires In Toronto

Toronto daredevil raccoon climbs 700-ft skyscraper - CityNews

Toronto Wildlife - More Raccoons

‘Posed’ dead raccoons found in Toronto park: police

Police link poisoned dogs, dead raccoons | Toronto Star

Here’s an adorable picture of the white-nosed coati (Nasua narica) which I wrote about earlier today.  It’s got an incredibly long and beautiful tail which can be up to ½ of its entire body length, and is used primarily for balance and signaling.  

I would not complain if these were the invaders I had in my alley dumpster.  Tricksters!

Photo via ADW, © Creative Commons License. 

From National Wildlife Federation Photo Of The Week; September 29, 2014:

International Raccoon Appreciation Day

International Raccoon Appreciation Day, celebrated on October 1st, may not yet be a universally recognized holiday but at the National Wildlife Federation we love raccoons, especially our mascot Ranger Rick! This appreciation day was started by a young girl in California, in an effort to highlight the important part raccoons play in local ecosystems, as they are generally misunderstood and are considered pests. Louisiana resident Jacqueline Ruiz photographed this Northern Raccoon (Procyon lotor) hanging on while hiking on a mangrove trail in south Florida. The photographer used a Nikon D5000 with a 70-300mm lens.