Baby anteater born at Lincoln Children’s Zoo

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lincoln Children’s Zoo announced that starting Tuesday, there will be a new addition featured at the zoo.

Lancaster, a baby anteater, was born on May 29 to 3-year-old Maisy.

The pair will be on exhibit every day from 10 a.m. to noon.  During those times, they will still have indoor access and might not always be visible.

“With the continued decrease in population of giant anteaters, this birth is incredibly important for animal conservation efforts,” said Evan Killeen, CEO of the zoo. “Our Zoo team has worked hard to ensure the health and safety of mom and pup and they’ve done an amazing job. Maisy has a great maternal instinct and has been taking great care of her new pup. We’re excited for everyone to meet Lancaster.”

Experts say it is too early to determine whether the pup is a girl or boy and will announce its gender at a later date.

The gestation period for a female giant anteater is about six months. After birth, a baby climbs onto its mother’s back, where it can stay for up to one year, occasionally climbing down to nurse and explore its surroundings.

Giant anteaters are listed as vulnerable on the International Union Conservation of Nature’s list of threatened species, meaning they face a high risk of extinction in the wild.

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