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Minnesota Zoo Welcomes Its First-Ever Baby Tamandua

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APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (WCCO) — It’s a girl! The Minnesota Zoo welcomed its first tamandua earlier this month — marking a rare addition to the zoo family.

The Southern tamandua, which arrived on April 8, is the first ever to be born at the zoo.

She’s been spending her time bonding with her mom at their exhibit on the Tropics Trail. Weighing just under one pound, zoo keepers are still deciding on a name.

There are only 30 tamanduas in AZA-accredited institutions in North America.

Tamanduas are known as “lesser anteaters” with long, curved snouts and long arms with sharp claws. They eat ants, termites, grubs, bees and honey.

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