Baby anteater born at Zoo Boise

Baby anteater
Posted at 10:30 AM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 12:30:10-05

BOISE, Idaho — Zoo Boise announced the birth of an anteater Wednesday morning. Gloria and McCauley welcomed the pup into the world on December 23, 2020.

Staff at Zoo Boise is pleased with how well Gloria is taking care of her baby. Their goal is to be as hands-off as possible and allow Gloria to take care of her baby. Staff will step in only as needed.

The anteaters are visible in their new indoor exhibit. Zoo Boise says guests will have to look carefully to see the baby because the pup will blend in with the mom. Gloria carries the baby on her back so their stripes match up, similar to how they would in the wild.

Gloria and McCauley were paired together by the Species Survival Plan. Zoo Boise says this is Gloria's fourth baby and McCauley's third. The typical gestational period for an anteater is about six months.

Zoo Boise is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a limited number of tickets available to meet current group size requirements. Tickets have to be reserved in advance and a timed entry process is in place to reduce lines and allow for social distancing.

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