When an elderly Miami-Dade woman woke up to find a Kinkajou curled up on her chest and napping, she first she thought it was a cat. It was when the exotic animal woke up and looked her straight in the eye that she did what most folks would do and that would be to scream! The Kinkajou is an exotic animal that looks like a cross between an racoon and a monkey, which was the last thing this 99-year-old woman expected to wake up to in her Miami-Dade home.
According to News Max on January 28, while they are timid animals and not considered dangerous, their teeth are sharp and there’s no telling what could happen when they are scared or cornered. The woman said the animal had reached out and caressed her face and this is when she let out a scream. When the Kinkajou heard the woman scream it fled the room and scurried into the attic of her Florida home.
A family friend, Cathy Moghari, who is familiar with this exotic animal, came to catch the Kinkajou for her elderly friend. These nocturnal animals are not the easiest to catch but after some quick thinking and finding Kinkajou sounds on Google, Moghari was ready to give it a try. According to The Spread It, the Kinkajou “is a South American rain forest mammal of the Procyonidae family.” It is related to coatis, raccoon, the ring tail, and cacomistle family – “but most people would confuse a Kinkajou with a monkey.”
Moghari held a speaker up to the ceiling as it played the sounds of the animal she had found online, with the hope that the Kinkajou could be coaxed out of the attic. It worked and soon the exotic visitor poked it’s head out of the opening of the attic.
With an offering of cherries, Moghari was able to coax the visitor into a cage where she captured the creature. Once caged she could bring it to the South Dade Avian and Exotic Animal Medical Center. Because the little creature was so scared by now, the vet had to tranquilize the Kinkajou. Although it is normally a timid creature, if cornered or scared it does have some very sharp teeth and they can deliver a serious bite. So they didn’t take any chances.
Veterinarian Don Harris gave the Kinkajou a clean bill of health and the family that owns the Kinkajou was reunited with their beloved Banana. They had no idea how Banana got out of her cage and into the elderly woman’s home. One thing is for sure, after being on Earth for 99 years, this was the first time the elderly woman had an encounter such as this. It seems as if the Kinkajou took a shine to the woman and decided to curl up for a nap on her chest.