Coati mundi are small omnivores that are cousins of the raccoon. I met this mother and son pair at a snack bar while hiking at Iquazzu Falls in Brazil. Unfortunately, these animals have become dependent upon handouts from tourists. They congregate around food stands begging for food. The female below tried to grab an ice cream bar out of my friend’s hand. They have totally lost their fear of humans, instead viewing people as vending machines for food. In Argentina, the park officials posted signs warning people about the coati mundi. If a tourist is bitten, they blame the person for ignoring the posted warnings instead of euthanizing the animal. I wish the United States would take a lesson from these park managers. Educate the people instead of punishing the animals. Scroll down to see the warning sign.