The Exotic Tejon (Coatimundi)

It was a Sunday morning of BEAUTY. I picked up my good friend and headed to the Flamingos Resort in Bucerias. We were joining more friends for a lovely Champagne Brunch at El Tigre.

I drove around the corner, and there standing by the side of the road was a TEJON. We call them Coatimundis (pronounced ko-WAH-ti-MUN-dees). I stopped the car immediately, all excited I hopped out to take a picture of this ONE. Then before my very eyes… there were what seemed like HUNDREDS of them.

They just came pouring out of the undergrowth.

Some big, some small. They were all over the place. A couple from the resort was giving them fruit. They said that they had been doing this in the morning, and each day more and more would show up.

The Tejon are members of the Raccoon species. Their long noses and LONG CLAWS let them feed for ants and grubs and other insects… but they also love fruit!

After they had eaten their morning ration, with a few quick glances our way to see if there was more, away they scampered back into the undergrowth.

It TRULY was a thrill that we talked about and shared pictures during Brunch. The joys of Mexico!

by Sarah Walker

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3 Reviews on “The Exotic Tejon (Coatimundi)”

  1. :

    I go walking with my dog daily by this location in Flamingos, and very occasionally see the tejons on the side of the road. The taxi drivers (who have a station there where they wait between fares) feed these animals. Very interesting, since we don't have these animals in the U.S. !

  2. :

    Congratulations on an absolutely delightful article ...and photos, Sarah!

  3. :

    Those pictures are amazing. I've seen Tejons in Mexico, but never that many at once. However, I must remind everyone that, cute as they are and as seemingly innocuous as feeding them fruit may seem, feeding wild animals is not a good idea. Respecting them means letting them exist on their own terms and protecting their habitat, not feeding them human food and conditioning them to a dangerous dependence on us.

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