Meet Furry Coati Animals in Costa Rica

coati animals in costa ricaI had many amazing adventures in Costa Rica; ziplining through the rain forest, relaxing in the famous Tabacon natural hot springs and, the most thrilling, dozens of furry Coati creatures attacking my granola bar.

We were leisurely riding in our rented 4WD, which is a must for the severely bumpy, non-paved roads, when we noticed a few gawkers on the side of the street surrounded by coati animals that looked like anteaters to me. Whoa! Put on the brakes. I love shaggy pint-size animals.

This Coati animal is the innocent looking one that sucks you in by being deceivingly cute and docile.
coati animal on a log

I slowly inched my way closer to the creatures, assessing my safety along the way. I am adventurous, not insane. Then I had the bright idea that Coati animal must like granola bars and I had one. Besides, there were no signs that said “do not feed the animals”. This wasn’t the zoo.
Annette White with Coati Animal  coati in costa rica

Tell me that doesn’t look like the face of a fierce beast with granola on his mind.
coati in costa rica

I pulled the food from my pocket and was immediately swarmed by dozens of Coati. I ran. To the car. Locked myself in and fed them from the window.

Turns out, Coati love granola bars.

Note: I now realize how wrong it is to feed wild animals people food. No need to email me. It won’t happen again. Most likely.

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2018-12-21T07:53:35+00:00September 12th, 2011|Categories: Central America, Costa Rica, TRAVEL|


  1. Erin September 12, 2011 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    I LOVE coatis!!! They are sooooo cute! 🙂

    • Annette Renee White September 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm - Reply

      They are adorable…when I don’t have any food in my hands 😉

  2. Jodi September 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love the ending! "I ran. To the car. Locked myself in and fed them from the window" I laughed out loud! 

    • Annette Renee White September 12, 2011 at 10:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks! Unfortunately, it’s true…I was a big saredy cat!

  3. Elle September 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Apparently I've been living under a rock because I've never even heard of these little critters.  They are too cute!

    • Annette Renee White September 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm - Reply

      Cute until they bite your granola covered fingers off 😉

  4. Val September 14, 2011 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    LOL at the car-feeding 🙂 They are adorable little guys!

    • Annette Renee White September 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm - Reply

      Okay, I’m going to admit that after I put the fear aside, they are pretty damn cute!

  5. 101 Things Before You Die September 19, 2011 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    I would probably also try to feed them to get them to come nearby!

    • Annette Renee White September 20, 2011 at 7:11 am - Reply

      I just couldn’t resist!

  6. Sue September 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    I would agree that Coatis are very cute. I am glad they did not get your granola covered fingers.

    • Annette Renee White September 21, 2011 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      Ha, ha! I’m glad they didn’t get my finger either!

  7. Mary @ Fit and Fed August 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    I've been lucky enough to see these guys in the wild once while walking in our campground. Cool creatures. Didn't see as many as you, or have a whole interaction with them like you did!

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey August 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      They are funny little critters that I hope to see again 🙂

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