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Baby giant anteater born at Rhode Island zoo

August 7, 2014

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) — A new arrival at Rhode Island’s Roger Williams Park Zoo has a super-long snout and a tongue to match.

A giant anteater named Corndog delivered her baby July 25. The male weighed nearly 4 pounds (nearly 2 kilograms) two days after he was born.

Corndog and her yet-to-be-named baby are on display at the zoo, with a few extra measures for privacy.

Anteater babies spend most of their first year clinging to their mothers’ backs. Zoo animal program director Tim French says the first six months of life can be challenging for baby anteaters, so the zoo’s staff plans to watch closely.

Anteaters are native to Central and South America and can eat up to 35,000 termites and ants per day. Only 5,000 anteaters are thought to remain in the wild.

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