A lemur, which potentially escaped from a nearby home, attacked a 21-year-old woman in Florida as she was leaving her home. Victoria Valledor suffered several injuries after she was repeatedly bitten by the lemur, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said residents in the areas are allowed to keep the animals as pets and the incident is being investigated. Screen capture/CBS Miami/Inform Inc.
MIAMI, July 19 (UPI) -- A Florida woman sustained several injuries when she was attacked by a lemur while walking out of her home on Tuesday.
CBS Miami reported that 21-year-old Victoria Valledor was jumped on and bitten by the lemur as she attempted to leave her home.
"My 21-year-old sister was leaving the house when the lemur jumped on her and bit her so she had to call 911 and the lemur started chasing her around and then when 911 came the lemur started chasing them around too," her younger sister Isabella Valledor said.
Valledor's grandmother tried to distract the lemur with a banana, but it ultimately returned to attack her a second time.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue assisted in the rescue.
"Through tricks and practice and a lot of training they were able to coax it to a kennel and they removed the lemur from the scene," Lorenzo Veloz of the FWC said.
People in the area are permitted to keep lemurs as pets, so officials have begun investigating the situation.
A ring-tailed lemur was relocated to the Sacramento Zoo in February after it was discovered in a California resident's backyard.