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911 Calls Released Kinkajou Sneaks Into Florida Apartment Attacks Man

first_img Watch: Deputies Help Bear Family Rescue Cub Trapped in DumpsterNature Cam Captures Black Bear Feeding at Condor Sanctuary Stay on target A feisty, watermelon-craving kinkajou caused a bit of a hoopla in Florida last month after it forced its way into an apartment and attacked a man. And now, officials have released the 911 calls that document the chaos that the tiny rainforest mammal, an exotic cousin of the raccoon, caused.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said the kinkajou, which is native to Central and South America, bit and scratched a man at his apartment in Lake Worth Beach on July 25.#NEW: 911 calls released from kinkajou attack in Lake Worth Beach https://t.co/5iQobUl5dH pic.twitter.com/tz52aGtOGm— WPTV (@WPTV) August 22, 2019Resident Michael Litersky, 37, spotted it hanging out on a fence outside his girlfriend’s home, so he left out pieces of watermelon for the creature, according to the FWC. But the kinkajou wasn’t feeling especially grateful the next morning. When Litersky headed out for work, the animal slipped into the apartment.Litersky tried to shoo it out of the apartment, but the kinkajou “immediately attacked” him, biting his ankles and scratching his calves, according to the FWC report.In the 911 call, Litersky’s girlfriend, Gillian Hicks, can be heard explaining the situation to the operator, mistakenly identifying the kinkajou as a “lemur,” WPTV reported.“It’s in our bathroom,” Hicks says. “Like, we had to chase it in there.”“And it attacked your boyfriend?” the 911 operator asks.“Yeah, he went to leave and open the door and it, like, came at him,” Hicks says. “It was waiting, like, outside of our door.”In another call between, the operator can be heard telling the dispatcher about the mischievous “lemur.”“I have a lady on 911,” the operators says. “She’s saying that a lemur is in her house. They have it trapped in.”“A lemur?” the dispatcher replies. “There’s not a lemur in her house, but go ahead.”Officials from the FWC, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, and animal control later arrived, and removed the ankle-biting kinkajou from the bathroom. The animal was then dropped off at a FWC facility, according to CNN.It’s not clear how the kinkajou, which calls the forests of Central and South America home, found its way to a Palm Beach County, Florida apartment.Keeping a kinkajou as a pet requires a Class III permit from the conservation commission, but officials told CNN they didn’t find any permit-holders in the area.Although kinkajous typically eat fruit and nectar, they are classified as carnivores and have sharp little claws and teeth, according to the San Diego Zoo. Kinkajous have a painful bite and can be destructive to a home in the middle of the night, when they are most active, the Zoo said.More on Geek.com:Watch: Vomiting Vultures ‘Invade’ Florida Vacation HomeHere’s What Happened When a Bear Locked Itself in a Car in ColoradoMan Pleads Guilty to Stealing Endangered, Ring-Tailed Lemur From California Zoolast_img read more

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