Published: Wed, January 27, 2016
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Florida woman wakes up to find exotic animal on her chest

Florida woman wakes up to find exotic animal on her chest

According to reports, a kinkajou entered a Southwest Miami-Dade home and scared the elderly woman on Tuesday.

Kinkajous, sometimes known as "honey bears", are legal to keep as pets in Florida with a special exotic animal permit. Kinkajous also often hang from their tails.

"I was awakening by a phone call at 2 a.m., which is never good news, and it was from my terrified mother-in-law", said Carlos Aguaras.

The 99-year-old woman woke up to find a highly unusual animal snoozing on her chest.

He said Banana's owner was contacted and planned to pick up the pet Wednesday morning. She screamed, the animal bolted up to the attic - and now both are recovering from the trauma.

Thankfully, both the woman and the kinkajou are now fine, but it's still unclear where the animal came from or how he got into her house.

"This particular animal is kind of a cross between a raccoon and a monkey", Harris said.

"No undomesticated wild animal like this would curl up on a woman's chest to go to sleep", Dr. Harris explained.

Kinkajous live in the tropical forests of Central and South America, where they spend most of their time in the trees. They have the ability to turn their feet backwards to run easily in either direction, along branches or up tree trunks.

While they aren't sure how this exotic little guy, officially named "Banana", got loose, the owners were located.

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