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Coati

Nasua

Description:

We spied a handful scratching for food on the golf course behind our apartment in Playa del Carmen, MX. I had seen just a couple coati before, so spotting a handful was exciting! Armed with tortillas, we ventured out to get a closer look and we discovered there were more than 50 hidden among the nearby patch of forest foliage! Little by little, we coaxed the herd to come closer with bits of corn tortilla. Eventually, several ate from my hand and one even ate from my mouth! It was so impressive to see these animals with sharp teeth and long claws, delicately take food from us! They were better behaved than our chocolate lab! I know the locals adopt abandoned babies and coatis can be domesticated as pets. I would imagine this herd has has human contact before as they roam throughout a residential area.

Habitat:

"Occupying habitats ranging from hot and arid areas to humid Amazonian rainforests or even cold Andean mountain slopes, including grasslands and bushy areas. Their geographical range extends from the southwestern U.S. (southern Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas) through northern Argentina. Around 10 coatis are thought to have formed a breeding population in Cumbria, UK." (Wikipedia)


2 Species ID Suggestions

LauraRico
LauraRico 7 years ago
Coati
Nasua Coati
Carolina
Carolina 7 years ago
White-nosed coati
Nasua narica White-nosed coati


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12 Comments

hg_williams3
hg_williams3 7 years ago

that must be a really cool experience keep posting more spottings

LauraRico
LauraRico 7 years ago

And thanks for the love alcie and Kartik!

LauraRico
LauraRico 7 years ago

Thanks hg_willams3... added two more!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Wonderful story and wonderful picture!

KartikBhat
KartikBhat 7 years ago

Nice shot Laura

hg_williams3
hg_williams3 7 years ago

beside the pic of ur spotting should be an empty photo with a + next to it

hg_williams3
hg_williams3 7 years ago

you can post more up to 6 per spotting got to 'my spotting' then select it and click edit this spotting once u upload more u can rearrange them by dragging and dropping the main pic on the farthest to the left

LauraRico
LauraRico 7 years ago

thanks for the tip!

it would be cool if Project Noah let you post additional photos with the main photo. I have a photo of the wild coati eating from my mouth... didn't want it to be the main pic... maybe i should post though?

hg_williams3
hg_williams3 7 years ago

wow amazing story you should post it under notes people usually put it their to tell the story behind how they were able to get the shot

LauraRico
LauraRico 7 years ago

Thanks hg_williams3!

LauraRico
LauraRico 7 years ago

We spied a handful scratching for food on the golf course behind our apartment in Playa del Carmen, MX. I had seen just a couple coati before, so spotting a handful was exciting! Armed with tortillas, we ventured out to get a closer look and we discovered there were more than 50 hidden among the nearby patch of forest foliage! Little by little, we coaxed the herd to come closer with bits of corn tortilla. Eventually, several ate from my hand and one even ate from my mouth! It was so impressive to see these animals with sharp teeth and long claws, delicately take food from us! They were better behaved than our chocolate lab! I know the locals adopt abandoned babies and coatis can be domesticated as pets. I would imagine this herd has has human contact before as they roam throughout a residential area.

hg_williams3
hg_williams3 7 years ago

nice spotting welcome to project Noah I recently joined as well

LauraRico
Spotted by
LauraRico

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Lat: 20.63, Long: -87.08

Spotted on Sep 26, 2011
Submitted on Oct 4, 2011

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