Animals

New Baby Anteater Clings to Mom at Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo has announced the birth of a southern tamandua, a species of anteater and the zoo's second such birth.

Denver Zoo has just announced the birth of a southern tamandua, a species of anteater.

The male, named Salvador, is presently spending quality time with his mom, Rio, and is not yet available for the public to adore. As the video below shows, he's just old enough to cling to Rio and enjoy a life free, for the moment, of responsibilities.

Sometimes called lesser anteaters, southern tamandua live in areas east of the Andes Mountains, from Venezuela to Argentina and Uruguay, according to the zoo.

The adaptable creatures can make a living on savannas as well as rainforests and they can be comfortable in trees or on the ground. They eat termites and ants -- with tongues that can stretch out some 16 inches.

Little Salvador hitches a ride with his mom.

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An African Land snail tops the scale at just shy of 17 ounces (480 grams).

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Zoo keepers measure a 6-foot llama, who mugs for the camera.

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Zookeeper Nathan Coles weighs and measures an Eagle Owl named Max, who weighs just over 4 pounds (1.9 kilograms).

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A Red Ruffed Lemur shows interest in the scales. Keepers at the world's oldest scientific zoo spend hours each year dutifully noting down the vital statistics of the creatures in their care.

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A 7-week-old Philippine crocodile doesn't seem to mind taking its turn at the annual weigh in.

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A mossy frog, weighing just shy of 1 1/2 ounces (37.1 grams), lays on a scale during the annual event.

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