Sunday, 7 February 2010

Ants on the menu - mmmm delicious

Congratulations are in order to Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida, and Cypress the lesser anteater on the birth of her little boy. Also known as the tamandua, these anteaters are native to the forests in Mexico to South America, and when adults can consume up to 9,000 ants a day with their 16 inch long (41 cm) tongues.

The new addition will hold on tight to his mother’s back until he is old enough to walk around and find food for himself.

If nothing else, it just goes to show that there must be a heck of a lot of ants out there to sustain such creatures – it makes you itch just to think of it.

Photo credits: David Collier / Discovery Cove

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