Old Woman Gets Rude Wake Up From Bizarre Animal

'When they both got a look at each other, they both freaked out'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2016 6:41 PM CST
A kinkajou, probably daydreaming about napping on an unsuspecting old woman's chest.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A 99-year-old Florida woman probably felt like she'd seen it all. Maybe now she has. The Miami Herald reports the poor woman woke up Tuesday with a strange animal sleeping on her chest. She—understandably—started screaming, and the creature hid in her attic. “I don’t know, I guess her first impression was it might be a cat, but when they both got a look at each other, they both freaked out," a local vet tells CBS Miami. The animal turned out to be a kinkajou, which the Herald explains looks like a monkey but is actually related to raccoons. Even more confusingly, CBS reports it's known as a honey bear.

You're more likely to see kinkajous in the rainforests of Central and South America than on an old woman's chest, the Herald reports. It turns out this kinkajou was being kept as a pet in the area. According to CBS, the woman's daughter and a friend lured the terrified kinkajou out of the attic, and it was taken to an animal hospital where it's owner planned on retrieving it. The vet says kinkajous are normally "peaceful" and "docile," but if you startle one you "could lose a limb." (Read more Florida stories.)

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