An endangered and exotic animal was found in Florida, according to a social media post.
On November 11 local gator lover, biologist, and photographer, Chris Gillette, received a call regarding the sanctuary's Mountain Coatimundi, Lola.
The caller believed the exotic endangered animal might have escaped.
"We said that’s impossible," the Facebook post detailing the encounter reads, in part. "So we asked the person on the line to send a photo and sure enough they sent a photo of a mountain coatimundi that looked just like our Lola sitting on their porch!"
According to the post, Gillette, with the assistance of rescue partner Gabby, rushed out an hour away to the caller's home to rescue the Coatimundi — an endangered exotic animal that the biologist says is a relative to the raccoon, but larger.
"We had on our gloves because these animals can deliver a very serious bite," said Gillette.
And this one wasn't friendly.
Gillette details that he distracted it from the back by letting it chew on his gloved hand a moment while his partner grabbed the tail. He then jumped over and secured the Coatimundi by its head before loading it up into a crate.
Gillette believes the coatimundi to be an escaped pet, as the exotic animal is not native to the Sunshine State.
Information from SeaWorld states that Coati are primarily tropical woodland and open forest animals, making them possible to find in parts of Arizona and southern New Mexico, as well as in their more native habitats across Mexico, Central America, Panama, South America, and Colombia.
With exotic animal rescue also comes uniquely rare vet appointments; the rescued Coati was found with a horribly ingrown nail that Gillette says they've already booked a vet visit for.
Gillette encourages those who would like to help with vet costs to donate here.
Article by Rachael Volpe