Singapore welcomed its fourth Giant Anteater on July 17. Giant Anteaters can have a single offspring, once a year, after a gestation period of about 6 months.
Newborns spends much of their time on their mother’s backs. In this position, it can be difficult to spot the pup, as its coat of hair is almost identical to an adult’s, allowing them to blend in with her mother. This trick comes in handy for anteaters in the wild as it protects the pup from predators and makes the mother appear larger, making for less tempting prey.
Currently on her mother’s milk, the pup will gradually be weaned and introduced to solid food—a mixture of insectivore pellets and ant eggs—when she is about five months old.
The Giant Anteater is the largest species of anteater out of four and is listed as “Vulnerable” on IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species, due to habitat loss, road-kill, and hunting.
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