Giant Anteater Gallery

One of the strangest mammals in the world, the Giant Anteater, or Myrmecophaga tridactyla, is a gangly mess of furry appendages. Stalking the windy savannas of South America, it tears into towering termite mounds with its powerful claws, using its elongated nose and long, sticky tongue to extract termites and ants, up to tens of thousands per day. Notice how the anteater pup is camouflaged when riding on its mother's back, the black and white lateral stripe of both appearing to blend together. We finally encountered this terrific creature in a cow pasture outside of Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, after Aimee swore she wouldn't leave Brazil until she saw one.

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