Baby giant anteater makes St. Louis debut

Baby giant anteater makes St. Louis debut

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Draped across her mother�s back and blending in with the stripes and long hair is Sabia, a baby giant anteater on display at the Saint Louis Zoo on November 8, 2012. Born on August 14, 2012, with a long snout and black-and-white stripes, she�s a miniature version of her parents � mother Wendy, age 15, born at Phoenix Zoo and father Willie, age 11, born at Oklahoma City Zoo. She weighed just 3 pounds at birth. Adult giant anteaters are the largest of the four anteater species and can grow up to be 50 inches long, plus 25 to 35 inches of fanlike tail. After a pregnancy of six months, anteaters give birth to a single baby. The small anteater nurses for six months and will stay with the mother for up to two years, until it reaches maturity. The newborn must learn to crawl up on the mother�s back to rest while mom looks for food. Adult giant anteaters will eat up to 30,000 ants in one day. The tongue of an anteater will extend up to two feet to capture their prey. UPI/Saint Louis Zoo

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Posted on November 9, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 26 at 6:30 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A rare baby giant anteater is now on display at the St. Louis Zoo.

 The baby named Sabia was born Aug. 14 and made her public debut with her mother Thursday in the River’s Edge area of the zoo. It is the second baby for the parents. The first was born in 2005.

Adult giant anteaters can grow up to 50 inches long with a yard-long tail. Adults will eat up to 30,000 ants per day.

They are in danger of extinction in the wild and have disappeared from most of their range in Central America due to habitat loss. They’re also often hunted as trophies or captured by animal dealers.

 

 

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