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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.
"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)