Coati eating a mango

For those of you who haven’t met a coati yet, add them to your list of must-see animals.  Right now.  There are several species around the world, but the one in the photograph below is a white-nosed coati (Nasua narica).  At the hotel where I stayed in Costa Rica in Guanacaste province, they spent most of their time eating mangoes.  Really, really cute.  But they’ll bite you if you get too close. The one below is giving me that look, I think. He (she?) knew I liked mango, too.

Colin Purrington Photography: Costa Rica &emdash; Coati (Nasua narica) eating mango

If you want to see them but don’t want to go all the way to Central America, you can find them in Florida and Arizona (I’m told).  There’s also a feral population in the United Kingdom somewhere.

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One Response to Coati eating a mango

  1. Hillary Shemin says:

    I grew up in Southern Arizona and am familiar with the Coati at the Az Sonora Desert Museum. It is a fabulous open air museum displaying a wide variety of flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert area. It is a place you would enjoy tremendously Colin!

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