Cute Baby Alert – Giant Baby Anteater

Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Yep, it’s another cute baby from the wonderful world of the animal kingdom, er the nature’s animal kingdom, not Disney’s theme park. This baby anteater was born to mom, Adelhi, on December 23, 2009 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Weighing about 3 pounds at birth, the little boy will ride on his mother’s back for about four months until he is ready to walk, explore and find food on his own.

Giant anteaters detect insects with their powerful sense of smell, which is 40 times stronger than a human’s and allows them to find and eat up to 30,000 insects a day. They tear apart anthills and logs with their strong claws and lap up the insects with a tongue that can reach 2 feet long.

Give it a few years and you’ll be able to zoom down to Tampa on High Speed Rail. Your tax dollars at work.

(Photo by Matt Marriott/Courtesy Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)