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Kinkajou Wakes Woman: Exotic Animal Creeps Into Home for a Cuddle

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By    |   Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 08:54 AM

A kinkajou woke an elderly woman in her Miami-Dade home Tuesday morning when the exotic animal curled up on her chest for a nap.

"The lady is sound asleep and she feels something on her chest and she slowly wakes up, and realizes that there's an animal curled up sleeping on her chest," veterinarian Don Harris told CBS Miami.

"I don't know, I guess her first impression was it might be a cat, but when they both got a look at each other, they both freaked out. The lady screamed, the kinkajou went into her attic," Harris added.

The kinkajou, which looks like a monkey but is actually part of the raccoon family, reportedly belongs to a family in the area, though they have no idea how it got out and found its way into the 99-year-old woman's bedroom, according to NBC Miami.

The animal, named Banana, was eventually taken to an animal hospital after the woman called for help to lure it out of her attic, and its owners reportedly picked it up on Wednesday.

Kinkajous, which are also called honey bears, can be found in the trees of tropical forests in Central and South America, according to National Geographic. The animals have the unusual ability to turn their feet backwards to run in either direction along branches or up and down trunks.

"They're not predators, they're very peaceful animals, they're arboreal, they live in the treetops, they live in the branches," Harris, the veterinarian, told CBS Miami, adding that special permits are required in order to keep one as a pet. "They eat fruit and bugs and things like that, they're pretty docile creatures, unless cornered, and then their teeth are their defense mechanisms."

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