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Tejón

My uncle (Willie’s dad) is in Mexico this week.

He just sent me these photos of a captive tejón, which is better known as a white-faced coati (Nasua narica).  These animals are social members of the raccoon family (Procyonidae). There are four species that range from the southwestern US to Argentina.  The white-nosed coati is the one most widespread in Mexico and Central America, and it is the one you’ll find in the United States. There is also an escaped colony of ten South American coatis (Nasua nasua) in Cumbria in Northern England.

These animals are in the raccoon family, but they do look a lot like Eurasian badgers.

When the Spanish came into Mexico, they thought coatis were badgers.  Tejón is Spanish for badger.

Mexico also has American badgers, so the name does get somewhat confusing.

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