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Exotic pet scares Pasco woman

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Coatimundi captured in Pasco Coatimundi captured in Pasco
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Coati's paw prints on the uniform Coati's paw prints on the uniform
PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - Amada Fuber of Zephyrhills, says she woke up around 6 Thursday morning to let her cat out, when it came dashing back into her home.

She walked outside to find what startled her pet, it was a small animal looking like a raccoon. Spooked, Fuber says she called Pasco County deputies who arrived to find the animal quite friendly.

In fact, the animal was so tame, it simply climbed onto the shoulders of one of the deputies, leaving its paw prints on his standard issue Pasco County Sheriff's uniform.

As with some of the "disturbers of the peace" they encounter the deputies placed the animal in the back of their patrol car, and hauled it off into the custody of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Deputies said the creature was a coatimundi. This mammal is a relative to the raccoon; it has a long pointed muzzle and bushy tail, according to SeaWorld.org

Because of the tame nature of the animal, they believe it might be an exotic pet that got loose.



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