“Houdini” the Marlow coati – further updates!

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Marlow has been gripped by “coati fever” since we first reported that one had escaped from Fawley Hill estate, and had found it’s way to Marlow town centre.  Multiple sighting have been reported to us, and we seem to be getting close to having

We have a name!

Lady McAlpine, owner of Fawley Hill told MyMarlow that they  “tend to refer to them by their characteristics or markings..   This one has been ‘Houdini‘ for some time now, for obvious reasons”

Tue 11th Feb – it seems to like Institute Road

Local creative agency ‘Twogether‘ shared some superb  photos taken by Ben Whitehouse, of the Coati in the May Balfour Gardens, opposite the library.

Photo by Ben Whitehouse, Twogether
Photo by Ben Whitehouse, Twogether








coati up tree
Photo by Matt Judkins


Then… Matt Judkins of nearby ‘Made in Mind‘ reported that Houdini had settled into a tree in a front garden on Institute Road.   The owners were contacted and attempts were made to coax him down, then a call was put out to bring in an expert with a tranquilizer dart.

Lady McAlpine told us “Our estate manager spent all yesterday afternoon under that tree! Unfortunately the chap from Tiggywinkles with the darting apparatus arrived just as the light went – so hopefully ‘Houdini’ will be spotted earlier today so that we can get the darter there in daylight.  Darting doesn’t hurt them: they may feel a quick prick.  But this one has been climbing over electric fencing with impunity!”

Thu 12th am – the chase is back on!

1.30pm Within recent minutes we have had reports of sightings by Renata Christian in her garden at the back of Beaufort Gardens, and just afterwards Georgina Bowker spotted Houdini in Claremont Road.  The estate has been called, and they are on the case!

coati - renata
photo by Renata Christian


coati claremont
photo by Georgina Bowker

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded MyMarlow.co.uk in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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