Cincinnati Zoo welcomes baby tamandua

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Zoo has welcomed a baby tamandua.

Zoo officials announced Christmas Eve that the pup was born to first-time mother Isla on Dec. 20. They say the baby tamandua needs to develop and won't make its public debut for another couple months.

Tamanduas have long snouts and are similar to anteaters. Experts say the mammals can eat up to 9,000 ants in a day.

Interpretive Animal Keeper Colleen Lawrence says the zoo had performed weekly ultrasounds on Isla since August. Lawrence says tamanduas can be pregnant for up 190 days.

Zoo spokeswoman Michelle Curley says the caretakers will name the baby tamandua after they learn the sex of the animal.

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