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Florida man opens front door; kinkajou runs in, bites him

August 19, 2019
FILE - In a Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2011 file photo, a Kinkajou reaches his neck out for a grape to eat inside of the exhibit at the Chattanooga Zoo. Sixteen-year-old Jada Thurmond was playing with her aunt's 6-week-old kinkajou in September when the animal sank its teeth into her hand. She felt ill within 24 hours and was hospitalized for six days. The animal's deceptive cuteness, animal experts say, can quickly give way to sharp claws, canine teeth and nasty bites. (Jenna Walker/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)
FILE - In a Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2011 file photo, a Kinkajou reaches his neck out for a grape to eat inside of the exhibit at the Chattanooga Zoo. Sixteen-year-old Jada Thurmond was playing with her aunt's 6-week-old kinkajou in September when the animal sank its teeth into her hand. She felt ill within 24 hours and was hospitalized for six days. The animal's deceptive cuteness, animal experts say, can quickly give way to sharp claws, canine teeth and nasty bites. (Jenna Walker/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a small rainforest raccoon-like creature ran into a Florida apartment and bit a man after he opened the front door to head to work.

The WPEC-TV reports the kinkajou bit his foot and scratched his leg but didn’t seriously injure him.

A woman who witnessed the incident at the Lake Worth Beach, Florida, apartment said it sounded “like a 300-pound man was tackling him in the kitchen.” Natalie Dulach said the furry mammal with sharp claws clung to the man’s leg as he fought to get it out. The man managed to lock the long-tailed animal in the bathroom until wildlife officers arrived.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report said the kinkajou was taken to a wildlife facility. Officers didn’t say where it came from.

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Information from: WPEC-TV, http://www.wpecnews12.com/

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