A baby anteater was born at Chester Zoo for the first time in its 90-year history.
Zookeepers were “delighted” to welcome the newcomer, who was found snuggled up with mama Oni and papa Koos after he was born on January 4.
The baby has been named Dobby, after the Harry Potter character, because he remembered the caretakers of the popular elf.
The baby anteater has large, drooping ears, wrinkled hairless skin, and giant claws.
As soon as we saw the new baby next to mom, we noticed his uncanny resemblance to the Harry Potter character Dobby, and that’s the calf’s nickname at the moment! However, we won’t know for sure if it’s male or female for several more weeks until the calf is a bit older. ‘Dave White, team manager at Chester Zoo’.
Mr. White explained that anteaters parents are notorious for being a bit clumsy with their newborns, so staff are keeping a close eye on the baby and helping with feedings at night, to make sure there isn’t accidental bumps or knocks.
“At night, when the parents are exploring and feeding, we carefully place the calf in a special incubator and bring it home to be fed warm milk every few hours.
There are only 66 anteaters in zoos across Europe and only 109 in zoos worldwide, so it’s exciting for Chester Zoo to be one of the few zoos to care for the species.
The species is threatened in the wild by habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict, and hunting.
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