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Mar 15 2013

A Coati’s Search For Food

So, what do I have in store for you for this Foto Friday?  Well, it’s an unusual creature I came across, or rather came across me and other people, the day I was in Iguazú National Park.

Food, coati, south america, iguazu

For those of you who have been to Iguazú, you will probably have come across this creature although they can live pretty much anywhere, in hot or cold climates, so you may have seen one elsewhere; maybe even in the UK.

It’s called a ‘coati‘.  They forage for food, mainly insects, fruit and vegetables but they didn’t seem that fussy.  They raided the picnic area and the coati pictured above was after a packet of crisps that an Irish guy was enjoying.  The coati was intent on getting the crisps and actually succeeded by grabbing the packet and making a run for it.  They seem to be determined little suckers, which means they tend to get their way.  I certainly wouldn’t stand in the way of a coati searching for food.

Coatis are about the size of a large house cat and if you look at the paws, you will see that coatis walk on the soles of their feet, as do raccoons, bears and humans.  Apparently, these animals are double-jointed and can descend trees head first.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see that.

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Have you seen a coati?  Where did you see it?  Was it after food?  I’d love to hear your stories 🙂

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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