Mar 6, 2024 - News

Nashville Zoo celebrates birth of Southern tamandua

A baby animal that looks like an anteater snuggles a teddy bear.

The zoo's newborn Southern tamandua pup. Photo: Courtesy of the Nashville Zoo

Meet this unnamed Southern tamandua pup, who was born at the Nashville Zoo on Feb. 12.

  • The zoo reports he is doing well, and spends much of his time snuggled up on his mom Alma's back.
  • While he's living behind the scenes now, he will likely become an animal ambassador by participating in educational programming in the future.
A baby animal that looks like an anteater snuggles a teddy bear.
The Southern tamandua pup strikes a pose. Photo: Courtesy of the Nashville Zoo

Fun facts: Southern tamanduas are relatives of giant anteaters, and are found in rainforests and savannas.

  • They ward off predators by emitting an unpleasant odor as a defense mechanism.
  • Tamanduas don't have teeth — they use their long tongues to poke into ant and termite dens to capture the insects.
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