Giant anteater gives birth at Nashville Zoo

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 12:51pm

(Amiee Stubbs)


Emilia, a once-wild giant anteater from Paraguay, gave birth to a male giant anteater last month at the Nashville Zoo, officials announced Wednesday.

Born on Sept. 19, the young anteater is the third birth for Emilia. The mother and her baby are currently being kept off exhibit.

Connie Philipp, mammal curator at the Nashville Zoo, called the facility a leader in helping to bring giant anteaters back from near extinction. The creatures are solitary animals from the tropical forests of Central and South America, and are considered extinct in some South American countries. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the giant anteater as “vulnerable.”

Philipp said this latest birth now makes the zoo home to 12 giant anteaters, the nation’s largest collection.


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4 Comments on this post:

By: NewYorker1 on 10/10/12 at 2:13

GROSS!!!! EW!!!

By: treehugger7 on 10/11/12 at 6:19

Come on--he's adorable! I'm looking forward to seeing her and the kids! Our zoo isn't the greatest, but I m grateful for what we do have have. It beats starting off the day with yogi...maybe they're related!

By: NewYorker1 on 10/11/12 at 2:53

Yeah, he's cute, but he eats ants without cooking them first. Gross!

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