MIAMI— A 99-year-old woman awoke with a strange pressure on her chest and two dark eyes staring back at her.
The furry bedfellow turned out to be a kinkajou that had managed to sneak into her home. The woman called her son-in-law and he rushed over to find the kinkajou hiding in the attic.
"I was awakened by a phone call at 2 a.m., which is never good news, and it was from my terrified mother-in-law," Carlos Aguaras told NBC6.
Aguaras called the South Dade Animal Hospital, and veterinarian Dr. Don J. Harris treated the animal, whose name is Banana. "No undomesticated wild animal like this would curl up on a woman's chest to go to sleep," Harris said.
"When she came in she was tired, cold, hungry, traumatized, and all she really wanted to do was curl up in a ball and hide," He told WPLG.
Kinkajous, which look like a crossover of a monkey, a weasel and a cat, are rainforest dwellers from Central and South America, but are also kept as exotic pets in the United States.
After seeing the kinkajou on the news, Banana's owner, Raymond Fernandez came forward.
"I got my baby back," Fernandez said. "I can't believe it. I thought she was lost forever."
Fernandez said Banana had been missing for about a week after she snuck out of a temporary cage he used to bring her to his brother's home while tenting his house.
Fernandez said he has had Banana for about five years.