CINCINNATI —The Cincinnati Zoo has welcomed a new baby, and it could fall into the “so ugly it’s cute” category.
Zoo officials welcomed a tamandua baby in the wee morning hours on Thursday.
Labor was quick for mother Isla, zoo officials said. The sex and name of the pup have yet to be determined.
“We have been waiting for this baby for what feels like forever and have been doing weekly ultrasounds since August,” said Cincinnati Zoo interpretive animal keeper Colleen Lawrence.”Since tamanduas can be pregnant 130-190 days, we really didn’t know when it was going to happen. I actually don’t have words for how excited I am for this pup and how amazed I am watching Isla learning how to be a mom.”
Isla, who is almost 5 years old, has been at the Cincinnati Zoo since 2016 and is a first-time mother.
She is doing everything she should be doing, and if all goes well the keeper staff will slowly open the blinds of its animal-as-client, or AAC, habitat after one to two months.
Tamanduas are similar to anteaters and use their long snouts to sniff out ant, termite and bee colonies. Long claws enable them to dig into nests, and their long sticky tongues lick up the insects.
A single tamandua can eat up to 9,000 ants in a single day.