PHOTOS: Brookfield Zoo welcomes baby giant anteater

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BROOKFIELD, Ill. — The Chicago Zoological Society is thrilled announce the arrival of Brookfield Zoo’s newest resident, a baby giant anteater.

The one-month-old female pup is the first of the species to be born at the zoo, which first began caring for giant anteaters in 1958. The baby’s name has yet to be determined.

With wild populations declining due to habitat loss in its native Honduras, Brazil and Argentina, conservation efforts are particularly vital for the anteaters’ survival.

Visitors can see the pup as she rides along on her mom’s back Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays at the zoo’s Tropic World: South America exhibit.

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