That’s one Cute Raccoon

 

This cute face belongs to a Coati, known to the people of Costa Rica (called Ticos) as the Pizote.  Either way they are similar to Northern Raccoons (which they actually also have).  This one frequented the hotel in Monteverde where we stayed.  The hotel throws their organic garbage into the forest around them and this male has become a recent visitor for the buffet.  They are cute, but have very sharp claws and can be very dangerous to a dog or person who bothers them too much.  The females of the coati band together and travel as a group, while the males forage for themselves.  If the males stay with the females and offspring too long they will end up killing the young in order to send the females back into heat.  Ah young love.

 

Gear: Canon 60D, Sigma 50-500 mm f/4-6.3

Settings: 1/200 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200

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