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National Zoo's Baby Giant Anteater: It's a boy!

The baby giant anteater born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on March 12th, is a boy! During a veterinary exam last week, the keepers determined the sex and found the healthy baby to weigh about 5.5 lbs. He is still happily riding on the back of his mother, Maripi. This is only the second giant anteater to be born in the history of the Zoo. The baby’s name will be decided by a public naming contest. The winning name will be announced on April 29.


Photo Credit: Mehgan Murphy/Smithsonian’s National Zoo

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Taken on March 27, 2009