This little guy with a long tongue is a fighter.
Sometime during the early morning hours a 7 year old female anteater gave birth to what is believed to be a male baby.
Unfortunately, this happened to be one of the coldest nights of the year in Miami. The newborn was found in the corner of its holding area, weak and cold
Upon discovery, it was immediately transported to the zoo hospital where the animal health team placed it into intensive care.
Baby anteater slowly started to become more responsive after being heated up and receiving fluids.
After being initially tube fed, the animal has become stronger and more active. It is now regularly accepting a bottle and drinking on its own. The staff continues to work around the clock to feed the infant every 3 hours
Once the baby regained some strength over the first 48 hours, an attempt was made to reintroduce it to its mother. Though the mother initially allowed the baby to be placed on her back. She soon became intolerant of it and her behavior indicated that she was not going to care for it.
It continues to gain strength and its distinct black and white coat is beginning to grow in. Zoo veterinarians are cautiously optimistic that the baby has overcome the most serious challenges of its first few days and are hoping that the improvements continue.
Zoo veterinarians said: “Fortunately, This baby anteater survive this ordeal, and is doing so well now”
Wonderful staff will continue to hand-rear him until he is big enough to be introduced to his habitat!!!!