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PALM BAY JOE wrote at 2010-11-01 00:31:33
WHILE TAKING OUR EVENING WALK LAST NIGHT IN PALM BAY FLORIDA,WE CAME ACROSS WHAT LOOKED LIKE AN ANTEATER-EXACTLY AS DESCRIBED BY PAUL EXCEPT THIS ONE WAS CLOSER TO 3' LONG AND WAS MOVING AT A PRETTY GOOD PACE I WAS NOT AWARE THAT THEY WERE NATIVE TO FLORIDA.   JOE FROM PALM BAY*****


Paula wrote at 2011-01-21 14:02:34
Jan 20, 2011 about 20 miles east of Ft Myers I saw an anteater - no doubt about it.  I looked up a picture of white-nosed coatis, it wasn't that.  It was 2+ feet long not counting the tail.  Tail was 1+ feet long with long hair.  Animal was close to the ground, rich dark brown in color (almost black looking in places) but no rings etc.  Can someone tell anything?


8541ss wrote at 2012-07-10 18:12:04
LOC: Emerson Point Park; recently moved to Florida, with my family spotted & similar sighting in the preserve.  I understand there are no animals native which match the description.  However the animal we spotted at 17 meters could not have been the coati.  The animal had tail of 8-12" at the spinal base; with a total tail length 20-24 inches. It had standing ears and a protruding snout.  After a decade in amphibious reconnaissance and deployed to every clime and place can be a reliable source.  It was not a nutria, beaver, bobcat, raccoon, and etcetera.  I told my family at the time it was probably an escaped exotic.


Fred wrote at 2013-01-04 21:15:32
About 5 years ago my wife and I were on Jones Ave at night near Zellwood.  No doubt about it - A giant Anteater crossed the road in front of us.  Including the huge furry tail it almost covered one entire lane- 6 to 7 feet.  It sort of galloped across.  We still joke about it all the time.  Trust me- you know one when you see one.  It was either a living fossil or that monster out grew it cage.  


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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.

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I have a zoology degree and have been interested in animals since I was two. I am a zoo volunteer at London Zoo. I have appeared on a BBC Radio Quiz, 'Wildbrain'.

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BSC degree in Zoology. 'A' level in Zoology. 'O' Level in Biology.

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