UPDATE - March 16th
Sacramento Zoo reports the death of the newborn Giant anteater. The female baby was born on March 9, 2010 to Amber, the female anteater and Beata, the male. The baby was found deceased mid-morning on March 16th, during a routine check. Over the past seven days, monitored via video, behavior cues showed the mother to be attentive and the baby growing stronger and holding on to her mother. The Sacramento Zoo is saddened by this loss; the cause of death is unknown at this time, and necropsy results may take one to two months.
Read the full press release.
The Sacramento Zoo's newest addition is a baby Giant anteater. This little one was born on March 9th to Amber, the female and Beata, the male anteater. This is the third birth for Amber and the first for Beata. It is the first Giant anteater birth in the Saramento Zoo's 83-year history. The mother and baby will be off exhibit for a couple of weeks while the baby gets strong enough to hold on to mom and explore the exhibit.
The baby was brought to the veterinary hospital a few hours after birth when the Zoo staff determined it needed medical attention. In the above photo the baby is being hand-fed and the photo bellow, the baby is warmed in an incubator. Less than 24 hours later, the baby was reintroduced to its mother and is doing very well.
Read the full press release for all the details and check back here for more updates and photos as this little one gets bigger and stronger every day.