A South American Tamandua anteater was recently found wondering around the streets of Rainier, Ore.
Abram Dreyer, 38, was driving along Apiary Road when he spotted the exotic animal.
Not sure he was seeing correctly, he stopped for a closer look. That's when he discovered the 3-foot-long creature was just doing what it does best -- eating ants.
Dreyer noticed the blonde-furred anteater was limping, so he placed it in his car and took it home to his wife, Philomena Thomas, to see if she could help.
"What am I going to do with an anteater?" said a dumbfounded Thomas, laughing. "I have cats -- I don't have anteaters."
Apparently, the 20-pound animal grew on her.
"She's so sweet," Thomas said. "She's been such a joy. We're very privileged to have seen her."
"Probably a once in a lifetime opportunity," she added. "You don't wander around Oregon and find anteaters on the side of the road, you know?"
After the family had taken care of the strange visitor for the night, the anteater's owner came looking for the animal.
It turns out the animal, whose name was Sweetpea, had escaped from a nearby facility that raises animals for zoos.
The owner says the anteater has a small scratch on her leg, but she's going to be just fine.