A baby Giant Anteater was born at Zoo Miami. He was named Ziggy after the famous singer David Bowie's alter ego Ziggy Stardust. However, from the very first days, Ziggy's life was not easy.
Ziggy's mother, 7-year-old Laura, abandoned the baby as soon as he was born. On one of the coldest nights of the year in Miami the poor thing was found weak and cold lying in the corner of the enclosure.
The mother anteater rejected the baby, and when the zoo staff found the little one, they immediately took him to the ICU to fight for his life. The Zoo Miami Animal Health and Animal Science staff did everything they could to ensure that the baby would survive and get stronger.
At first, the tiny Giant Anteater could not even eat on his own and was fed through a special probe, but now he willingly eats from a bottle. He is fed both his mother's milk and formula.
Although Ziggy is only two weeks old, he has already been through a lot of difficulties. The anteater is under round-the-clock medical care. He has proven to be a real fighter. Fortunately, there is no danger to his life now.
Several attempts were made to bring Ziggy back to his mother, but the female once again rejected the little guy, making it clear that she would not take care of him.
Ziggy grows stronger every day. He even started growing his characteristic black and white coat.
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The species of Giant Anteater to which Ziggy belongs is the largest of the four species of anteaters. The Giant Anteater can reach a length of 6 to 8 feet.
Anteaters have the longest tongue in the entire animal kingdom, it can reach up to 2 feet long. It helps them get their food.
The Giant Anteater's diet in the wild consists of termites and ants. These animals can eat up to 30,000 insects a day.
Although anteaters seem to be cute and harmless, they are very cocky. They can easily fight even with large predators.
Giant anteaters live only in Central and South America. Their life expectancy is about 14 years in the wild.
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