Updated: Brazilian aardvark found dead

Bucks Free Press: Brazilian aardvark found dead Brazilian aardvark found dead

THE HIGHLY unusual creature found in Marlow woodland last weekend appears to have been found dead.

A Brazilian aardvark, or coati, was spotted by ramblers and later confirmed by the RSPCA and London Zoo.

This morning the BFP was contacted by Maidenhead resident Geoff Futcher who said he found a dead animal matching the description just before midnight on Tuesday.

The raccoon relative was laying on the side of Derek Road, Maidenhead, where Mr Futcher lives.

He was baffled by what it could be at the time but has now joined up the dots after seeing the article in the Marlow Free Press today.

He said the photo in the paper was exactly that of the animal he discovered.

The BFP has seen the image, which shows the creature sustained some kind of head injury, and the RSPCA have confirmed it appears to be the same animal.

He said: “When we found it we agonised over it for ages as to what it was. We suggested a stoat, but it was nothing like that, it wasn't a pine martin or beaver or anything. Our minds were racing to think what it was.

“It had a long snout, sharp claws, a lovely bushy tail.”

Mr Futcher said it was such an unusual and interesting creature it was sad to find it dead. It appears to have been hit by a car.

Jo Barr, RSPCA spokesman said: "Sadly, it would appear to be the same type of animal as appeared in the footage and it appears it was killed the same day that it was reported to the RSPCA.

"It was not contained and when we went out there was no trace of the animal.

"Sadly, exotic pets all too often end up escaping or being abandonned and we would urge people to think long on hard before taking on any pet, but especially one that has very specific and specialist needs."

Mr Futcher took the creature to Summerleaze Veterinary Hospital in Maidenhead, Berkshire in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

But out of hours staff, from Vets Now, were scratching their heads as to the identity of the creature too, he added.

The vet was not available to speak to this morning.

The RSPCA had warned earlier this week that it would struggle to survive in such cold temperatures.

The organisation said it could have escaped from a zoo or been part of a private collection, or even been a pet, despite being rare.

The BFP will be speaking about the story to BBC Three Counties radio during the drive time show between 3.30pm to 4pm today. Listen here for the link.

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12:23pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Welwyn Dowd says...

Heading south from Marlow to avoid the cold but got no further than Maidenhead before going the way of countless other furry animals under the wheels of Chelsea Tractor
Heading south from Marlow to avoid the cold but got no further than Maidenhead before going the way of countless other furry animals under the wheels of Chelsea Tractor Welwyn Dowd
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12:23pm Fri 22 Feb 13

ivor says...

A tragedy.
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I wonder where the poor creature came from? More importantly I wonder how many more there are still to be discovered?
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Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “Your say” then “Blogs” links at the top of this page.
A tragedy. ~ I wonder where the poor creature came from? More importantly I wonder how many more there are still to be discovered? ~ Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “Your say” then “Blogs” links at the top of this page. ivor
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1:25pm Fri 22 Feb 13

MCarey says...

poor thing dying Berkshire
poor thing dying Berkshire MCarey
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6:08pm Fri 22 Feb 13

buser says...

ivor wrote:
A tragedy.
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I wonder where the poor creature came from? More importantly I wonder how many more there are still to be discovered?
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Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “Your say” then “Blogs” links at the top of this page.
It is indeed very sad that the little creature has been accidentally killed and it would be interesting to know how it came to be here.

Oh Lord! No doubt the next 'exciting' Ivor blog will be 'The Aardvak on My Estate".
Dearest reader, if you haven't read Ivor's blog you really have not missed a lot, you might even consider that you have been spared.
[quote][p][bold]ivor[/bold] wrote: A tragedy. ~ I wonder where the poor creature came from? More importantly I wonder how many more there are still to be discovered? ~ Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “Your say” then “Blogs” links at the top of this page.[/p][/quote]It is indeed very sad that the little creature has been accidentally killed and it would be interesting to know how it came to be here. Oh Lord! No doubt the next 'exciting' Ivor blog will be 'The Aardvak on My Estate". Dearest reader, if you haven't read Ivor's blog you really have not missed a lot, you might even consider that you have been spared. buser
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7:50pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

B U G G E R.... a little bit of aardvark can kill you! (sorry the aardvark not you) possible the driver was too tired to react in time to avoid the animal because of hardwork?
B U G G E R.... a little bit of aardvark can kill you! (sorry the aardvark not you) possible the driver was too tired to react in time to avoid the animal because of hardwork? Mr Totterdge Hill
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8:04pm Fri 22 Feb 13

gotanybiscuits? says...

That must be at least ten miles from Finnamore woods!
Is it feasible he walked that in the timeframe?
How did he cross the river?
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Sorry, but this doesn't seem to add up for me.
That must be at least ten miles from Finnamore woods! Is it feasible he walked that in the timeframe? How did he cross the river? . Sorry, but this doesn't seem to add up for me. gotanybiscuits?
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8:32pm Fri 22 Feb 13

buser says...

gotanybiscuits? wrote:
That must be at least ten miles from Finnamore woods!
Is it feasible he walked that in the timeframe?
How did he cross the river?
.
Sorry, but this doesn't seem to add up for me.
Oh perhaps there are lots of them out there. It could be the next big thing "spot the aardvark".

Ivor will be sure to have at least two fighting or grazing on his lawns by midnight tonight! Oh the excitement, he is probably writing the blog as I tap this.
[quote][p][bold]gotanybiscuits?[/bold] wrote: That must be at least ten miles from Finnamore woods! Is it feasible he walked that in the timeframe? How did he cross the river? . Sorry, but this doesn't seem to add up for me.[/p][/quote]Oh perhaps there are lots of them out there. It could be the next big thing "spot the aardvark". Ivor will be sure to have at least two fighting or grazing on his lawns by midnight tonight! Oh the excitement, he is probably writing the blog as I tap this. buser
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8:59pm Fri 22 Feb 13

gotanybiscuits? says...

buser wrote:
gotanybiscuits? wrote:
That must be at least ten miles from Finnamore woods!
Is it feasible he walked that in the timeframe?
How did he cross the river?
.
Sorry, but this doesn't seem to add up for me.
Oh perhaps there are lots of them out there. It could be the next big thing "spot the aardvark".

Ivor will be sure to have at least two fighting or grazing on his lawns by midnight tonight! Oh the excitement, he is probably writing the blog as I tap this.
hmmm.
Maybe the 'urban foxes' of his imagination(haha) were really aardvarks?
I trust they have disfigured his croquet lawns.
[quote][p][bold]buser[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gotanybiscuits?[/bold] wrote: That must be at least ten miles from Finnamore woods! Is it feasible he walked that in the timeframe? How did he cross the river? . Sorry, but this doesn't seem to add up for me.[/p][/quote]Oh perhaps there are lots of them out there. It could be the next big thing "spot the aardvark". Ivor will be sure to have at least two fighting or grazing on his lawns by midnight tonight! Oh the excitement, he is probably writing the blog as I tap this.[/p][/quote]hmmm. Maybe the 'urban foxes' of his imagination(haha) were really aardvarks? I trust they have disfigured his croquet lawns. gotanybiscuits?
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9:09pm Fri 22 Feb 13

buser says...

Or copulating in the summer house! We really must try to stave off the excitement for tomorrow's missive! x
Or copulating in the summer house! We really must try to stave off the excitement for tomorrow's missive! x buser
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10:01pm Fri 22 Feb 13

pennperson says...

Slow news day....too much like ard work to find a better story to fill the pages ...
Slow news day....too much like ard work to find a better story to fill the pages ... pennperson
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11:43am Mon 25 Feb 13

Ivor'sbestfriend says...

gotanybiscuits? wrote:
That must be at least ten miles from Finnamore woods!
Is it feasible he walked that in the timeframe?
How did he cross the river?
.
Sorry, but this doesn't seem to add up for me.
Most mammals can swim . . .
[quote][p][bold]gotanybiscuits?[/bold] wrote: That must be at least ten miles from Finnamore woods! Is it feasible he walked that in the timeframe? How did he cross the river? . Sorry, but this doesn't seem to add up for me.[/p][/quote]Most mammals can swim . . . Ivor'sbestfriend
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7:56pm Tue 26 Feb 13

DonRockell says...

what is more concerning is that the RSPCA thought is was a stoat at first - Maybe they should learn what our indigenous wild life looks like. it would hard pressed to make it look like a ferret but at least it would be nearer in color and size.
what is more concerning is that the RSPCA thought is was a stoat at first - Maybe they should learn what our indigenous wild life looks like. it would hard pressed to make it look like a ferret but at least it would be nearer in color and size. DonRockell
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