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#487806 - 03/11/14 08:20 AM Name of animal wanted  
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Vanda K Price Offline
Vanda K Price  Offline
Hi Folks - I just returned from San Pedro yesterday. While there, on a water taxi, this beautiful creature (which the whole place & peoples are beautiful) sat on my lap, chewed on my hand, and fell asleep in my lap. I cannot remember the name of it. They said they get them when they are babies and domesticate them. Once they are domesticated they cannot be returned to the wild. They are treated like a dog or cat. It kinda looks like an anteater with the long snout, but it is not an anteater. For the life of me, I cannot remember the name. Please help. Thank you so much.

#487808 - 03/11/14 08:29 AM Re: Name of animal wanted [Re: Vanda K Price]  
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bobcat bill Offline
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It might be a coatimundi. Did it have long tail?

#487809 - 03/11/14 08:31 AM Re: Name of animal wanted [Re: Vanda K Price]  
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collyk Offline
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Hi Vanda, I hate to be a debby downer, but you probably were stroking a Coatamundi. It is illegal to possess Belizean wildlife or to interfere with Belizean wildlife in any way. Unfortunately, these animals are regularly poached from the wild and exploited as tourist attractions. Others are kept as pets by ignorant but well meaning individuals. They are highly social animals and would normally live in large groups in the wild. As they mature, they become destructive and as they reach sexual maturity they become aggressive. At that stage the 'cute' wears thin and they are either killed or abandoned. The Belize Forest Department has recently confiscated Coatamundis being kept as pets on Ambergris Caye but depends on the vigilance of the public to monitor the problem. If you'd like to help protect Belizean wildlife, you can certainly call the Wildlife Hotline on 0800-822-8888 to report this incident. Fortunately, there are one or two places working on Coatamundi rehabilitation in Belize, though they can't take them all. Education is the key. They are indeed very cute when they are babies, but they do belong in the wild. Help us to keep wildlife in the wild in Belize by reporting captive wildlife incidents or inappropriate feeding and contact with wildlife such as crocodile and monkey feeding. Thanks so much. You sound like a true animal lover.
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#487824 - 03/11/14 02:02 PM Re: Name of animal wanted [Re: Vanda K Price]  
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larrypied Offline
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Could be a Rykat!

#487844 - 03/11/14 08:09 PM Re: Name of animal wanted [Re: bobcat bill]  
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Vanda K Price Offline
Vanda K Price  Offline
Yes it did have a long tail. That is probably what it was. Thank you for your reply.

#487845 - 03/11/14 08:15 PM Re: Name of animal wanted [Re: collyk]  
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Vanda K Price Offline
Vanda K Price  Offline
Thank you for all your information. Humans do a lot of damage to nature. I will thoroughly check out that website. Thanks again.

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