This shows a coati in a typical activity of foraging around close to dusk. He is less interested in us than we are in him. They do not bother people. This coati is used to being around people, as he is on the Papagayo Golf Course and there are homes and a hotel nearby. I have come across a family of coati's in the jungle who ran off and disappeared quickly.
His full body length is 27 inches (69 cm) from head to the base of his tail, and a bushy tail about the same length as his body. They are members of the raccoon family. They have a long nose that they can rotate from side to side. They have double jointed ankles and claws to enable them to climb trees easily. I imagine their long tails help for balance.
Coatis are native to Central America and South America as far as the northern end of Argentina.
Today is Sunday, so we have new photos on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site. This week we are showing photos of the village of Cernobbi on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, from our trip last summer.