Reid Park Zoo announces birth of tamandua

A Tamandua was born at Reid Park Zoo in Tucson on Aug. 31. (Source: Twitter)
A Tamandua was born at Reid Park Zoo in Tucson on Aug. 31. (Source: Twitter)
Updated: Sep. 7, 2018 at 8:25 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Reid Park Zoo is welcoming a baby tamandua to its family.

According to a news release from the zoo, the male anteater was born on Aug. 31.

Tamanduas grow up to have pale tan or golden fur. They have a long sticky tongue with small barbs that they use to pick up ants and termites, eating up to 9,000 ants each day, in addition to honey and fruits.

The baby is said to be healthy and is staying close to its mother, 12-year-old Lety. He climbs on her back and is said to be very curious.

The baby doesn't yet have a name, but the public is invited to keep an eye on the zoo's Facebook page for updates.

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