A zoo in Hampshire has welcomed its first anteater pup, but it took a while for zookeepers to find a mate for their male anteater Ernesto.
Matchmaking attempts had previously failed, after the zoo was sent a male anteater instead of a female by mistake.
New mum Chiquita arrived from Warsaw nine months ago. She and Ernesto hit off and have now produced their first pup.
– Shelly Parkes, Collection Manager at Marwell Zoo
We have been patiently waiting and are absolutely delighted to have the first successful anteater birth here at Marwell. We are so proud to see Chiquita carrying the baby as it hitches a ride across her back and demonstrating maternal instincts as it’s her first pup. She seems content and we can hear the pup feeding and occasionally whistling as it talks to mum."
Mum and baby are currently spending a lot of their time indoors away from the cold weather. The sex of the new arrival will be determined at a later date.