Baby Sabia has made her public debut. She was born in August.Rachael Macy/Saint Louis Zoo.
A baby giant anteater has made her public debut at the Saint Louis Zoo. Sabia, was born on Aug. 14, 2012, to mother, Wendy, and father, Willie. Anteater births are rare for the zoo, and this is the second baby born of these parents.
Adult giant anteaters are the largest of the four anteater species and can grow up to be 50 inches long, plus 25 to 35 inches of fanlike tail, according to a zoo news release. After a pregnancy of six months, anteaters give birth to a single baby. The small anteater nurses for six months and will stay with the mother for up to two years, until it reaches maturity. The newborn must learn to crawl up on the mother's back to rest while mom looks for food. Giant anteaters are in danger of extinction in the wild. They've disappeared from most of their historic range in Central America due to habitat loss. In South America, these animals are often hunted as trophies or captured by animal dealers.
Catch a glimpse of Sabia draped across her mother's back at the River's Edge in the Saint Louis Zoo. Viewing times vary and are dependent on the weather. The zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saint Louis Zoo is located at 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, Mo., 63110.From the calendar