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'Terrified' Elderly Woman Wakes Up with Exotic Kinkajou on Her Chest

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File this one under ‘creepiest alarm clocks ever’: A 100-year-old Miami woman woke up to find an exotic kinkajou sleeping on her chest.

As you can imagine, the rainforest mammal, which is typically found in Central and South America, scared the elderly woman something terrible.

“I was awakened by a phone call at 2 a.m., which is never good news, and it was from my terrified mother-in-law,” Carlos Aguaras told NBC Miami, who reported the story.

Aguaras said he rushed over immediately and laid eyes on the creature, which is a cousin of the raccoon. It was in the attic when he arrived, and they lured it out with food after watching a few YouTube videos.

They got the animal inside a cage and brought it to veterinarian Dr. Don J. Harris from the South Dade Avian & Exotic Animal Medical Center, who told NBC Miami he knew the animal was somebody’s pet.

“No undomesticated wild animal like this would curl up on a woman’s chest to go to sleep,” Harris said, adding that a wild creature like this one could easily cause someone to lose a limb.

It turns out the critter’s name is Banana and it was being cared for at South Dade Animal Hospital until going on the lam — much to the dismay of the elderly woman and her family.

“Put it in the hands of the experts, but it’s not intended to be a pet in a home,” Aguaras said, clearly upset by the situation.

As for the cuddling kinkajou, NBC Miami reports that it will be reunited with its owners on Wednesday.