Coati, an exotic mammal related to racoons, found by Raleigh Animal Control officers

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Animal Control officers in Raleigh found an exotic animal roaming free Tuesday.

The officers posted a picture of the coati they found on Dickens Drive.

A coati is a relative of the racoon. It's found naturally in South America, Central America, Mexico and the southwestern United States.

The coati was taken to a vet who specializes in exotic animals for a checkup. .

Animal Control took to social media to urge the coati's owner to contact them immediately. The owner reportedly arrived first thing Wednesday morning to reclaim the animal.

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