| CAMPO GRANDE, Brazil – A woman in Central-West Brazil received the fright of her life on Wednesday morning, when she encountered a giant anteater in a public restroom. The woman called 190 (911), which dispatched Military Police and animal control officers to catch the beast. The encounter occurred in the small town of São Bento de Sidrolândia, Mato Grosso do Sul state.
According to Adilson Fernandes, the Vector Control Coordinator, the anteater was scared and injured during the capture. Fernandes told G1 that it took nearly a half an hour to wrestle the animal into the bed of the animal control truck and, moments later, it jumped out and took off down the street.
The police and animal control officers chased it through town and soon had it back under control. This time, not taking any chances, they put it into a cage. It was taken to an ecological preserve just outside the rural town, where it was released. According to Fernandes, this isn’t the first time that wild animals were captured within the city.
”We have found snakes, porcupines and now, an anteater. The city is very close to areas of nature preserve,” he explained.”
The Military Police supports the Vector Control in the work of capturing animals since the city has no Environmental Police, who are normally tasked with the job. São Bento de Sidrolândia is situated 70 km (43 mi) from the Mato Grosso do Sul state capital, Campo Grande.
Source(s) for this article: G1 MS/sidrolandianews.com