April 16, 2012
Coatimundis Celebrate Their 4th Birthdays
Visitors and staff members at the Long Island Game Farm celebrated the birthdays of its two Andean Coatimundis, Olivia and Milo, during the park’s 43rd season opener on April 7. The park’s staff and guests gathered for a birthday sing-a-long as the Coatimundis enjoyed a special birthday “cake” of low-fat muffins. “Elfie,” the Game Farm’s mascot mutt, was also present to celebrate and greet guests.
The Long Island Game Farm welcomed the two Coatimundis into its family of unique and exotic animals four years ago. Since their arrival, Olivia and Milo have been adored by guests for their playfulness, big personalities and boundless energy.
Andean Coatimundis, also called “Coatis,” are related to the raccoon and characterized by their long snout. Native to the South American Andean mountain chain, these omnivores can be active both day and night. Coatis are also unique because they can walk plantigrade, meaning they walk on the soles of their feet, as humans do.
Caption: Olivia and Milo, the two Andean Coatimundis, enjoy a special birthday treat from the Game Farm’s animal handler, Anne Mitchell.