Kinkajous look adorable, but their teeth are large and razor-sharp. So it's no surprise that when the South American mammal was discovered rooting around a rooftop in Wise County, Texas, it scared the homeowners and nearby residents. Worse, it went on to bite a deputy.
According to local news station MyFoxNews, the responding deputy was bitten through his puncture-proof gloves while attempting to capture the cranky mammal, which was then taken to a nearby animal shelter. The kinkajou immediately escaped the confines of its cage and began bothering a bunch of cats before being recaptured.
Authorities speculate that their “suspect,” whom they dubbed "Rat," was a pet that had been turned loose or escaped.
While initially identified as a monkey, the kinkajou is related to the raccoon and is generally nocturnal.
Rat is being quarantined and watched for rabies. Then Animal Control must determine what to do with the bad-tempered exotic animal.
- Living Nature