Exotic animal spotted roaming in Warren is euthanized

Published On: Jul 17 2014 10:36:18 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 17 2014 10:30:00 AM EDT
ROYAL OAK, Mich. -

An exotic animal whose discovery in suburban Detroit led officials to lemurs, foxes and other animals being kept in a garage has been euthanized.

The Detroit Zoo announced Thursday that the white-nosed coati was euthanized last week at the direction of the Macomb County Health Department to test for rabies. The zoo says a person living near where it was found roaming July 9 in Warren reported being bitten.

The zoo says a necropsy July 11 showed no evidence of rabies.

The white-nosed coati is a member of the raccoon family and is found in the southwest U.S., Mexico, Central and South America. The 29 other animals found included another white-nosed coati, two ring-tailed lemurs and three fennec foxes. In addition, the garage held a number of rabbits and birds. While the birds and small mammals were transferred to the Michigan Humane Society, the exotic animals remain in the care of Detroit Zoo staff.

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