For many having a termite problem is a nightmare, but if youre an anteater, its a dream come true! These unique and interesting-looking little fellas love to gobble up termites up with their long, sticky tongues that are about the size of a pencil.
As a part of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens Wild Encounters Program, zoo-goers can get a chance to get up close to its featured star, an anteater named Tamandua. They can also learn about the exceptional qualities anteaters possess.
Anteaters have also cracked us up with their comical ways, such as one hysterical anteater that provides entertainment to its owner by standing up and dancing, and two pet anteaters who get into mischief when their owner isnt home.
Now back to the tenacious Tamandua in addition to her long nose and tongue, she has big front claws that are used to dig into termite mounds.
Anteaters come from Central and South America and are also called lesser anteaters. They can hang from just their tail, which is strong enough to support their entire body weight.
While they are small and spend a lot of time in the trees, anteaters also come down to the ground to search for termites.
Watch Tamandua eat her favorite baby food with her slithery tongue and adorable little eyes!