Giant anteater.

Giant Anteater

Giant anteaters really do eat ants.

Giant anteater.

Giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), Szeged Zoo.
Notice that these are two animals, the mother carrying her offspring on her back.

Giant anteaters use their huge claws to open up anthills and termite mounds and then they stick in their really long and sticky tongues and lick out the inhabitants.

Giant anteater mothers carry their offspring on their backs until they are ready to be weaned.

Giant anteater.

Giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), Budapest Zoo.

In the wild giant anteaters live in Central and South America. Although giant anteaters are sometimes called ant bears they are not bears, they are related to various other anteaters and sloths. From all of its kin the giant anteater is the only species that lives on the ground and not up in the trees.

Further Readings:

Giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) on ARKIVE.
Giant anteater on Wikipedia.
Last updated: January 5, 2015

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