Name Dudley Zoo's baby giant anteater

Dudley Zoo keepers are asking members of the public to help choose a name for their adorable baby giant anteater.

The pup is now three weeks-old and has doubled in size since its December 17 birth but is already delighting visitors who manage to spot the baby through the den window. Section Leader, Sam Grove, said:

“The baby is making great progress and mum Lyra is doing fantastically well at rearing her second offspring and is busily showing her newborn to visitors through the den window.

”But it’s time the pup had a name, and as we can’t come to a decision, we’d like visitors to help us choose it!”

The Zoo is running a Facebook poll asking supporters to choose from Miguel, Buddy, Teddy or Opel, which have all been put forward by the keeping team. Dad to the baby is six-year-old Bubbles.

Listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red list, the species, which is native to Central and South America, is under threat mainly due to habitat destruction, with the zoo’s anteaters forming part of a carefully managed European Endangered Species Programme (EEP).


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