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Asian zoo breeds first anteater baby

Singapore has bred a giant anteater baby, the first time that an animal from the threatened species has been born in captivity in Southeast Asia, zoo officials said on Monday.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2006 14:04 IST

Singapore has bred a giant anteater baby, the first time that an animal from the threatened species has been born in captivity in Southeast Asia, zoo officials said on Monday.

The baby was born on November 18 and has been riding on its mother’s back with the help of its small claws, venturing down only to suckle, Wildlife Reserves Singapore said in a statement. Its nose is only a few centimeters long at this stage, but will get much longer.

Wildlife Reserves is the parent company of Singapore Night Safari, a zoo that has focused on breeding rare, endangered animals such as a giant flying squirrel, a Malayan flying fox, a spotted hyena and a greater mousedeer.

First Published: Jan 10, 2006 14:04 IST