Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Honey Bear Excapes Zoo, Rides A Bus And Then Bites A Woman

In response to those who have emailed me this story, the media initially identified the animal as a spider monkey. It has since then been identified by the zoo as a kinkajou, or honey bear, a nocturnal rainforest mammal related to the ringtail, raccoon, and the lesser panda. Here is the interesting story anyways:

A woman had to be treated by paramedics after a kinkajou, or honey bear, escaped from a zoo and then went for an hour-long ride on a bus.

Eventually, firemen had to try to rope the escaped animal to get it back to the zoo. The animal spent quite a lot of time just sniffing the noose they were trying to get round its neck.

The animal had escaped from the San Juan de Aragon Zoo in Mexico City, after which it got on the bus at around 11pm. It then spent about an hour riding on the bus, sitting next to the driver.

The animal attacked the woman when she tried to hold it, according to local news agency Notimex.

However, paramedic Eduardo Martinez said: 'She was attacked. She was on a bus or a minibus, and this animal got on to the minivan and started to swing on the support rails in the bus, and what she says is that this animal attacked her, jumped up to her head, she tried to defend herself and the animal bit her arm.'

There was some initial confusion about exactly what type of animal had got on the bus. Initially, the Red Cross said that the animal was a monkey, while some local media thought that it was a lemur. It was eventually decided, by the city's main Chapultepec Zoo, that it was a kinkajou – a relative of the raccoon.

Kinkajous gained prominence last year, when thin socialite Paris Hilton owned a kinkajou called Baby Luv who she carried around on her arm. In scenes reminiscent of Mexico's bus horror, Hilton also had to be taken to hospital when Baby Luv bit her on the arm.


Story here.

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2 comments:

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Freudian Slip said...

Wow! That is one long tongue!!!!!!
Matt