A giant baby anteater has defied all odds of survival after being rejected by its own mother at the Miami Zoo. The anteater was born on December 8th 2020.
A 7-year-old anteater, Laura gave birth to a male baby named Ziggy last month at the Zoo. However, the baby anteater was abandoned by his mother shortly after his birth. According to Miami Zoo’s Press Release, “Unfortunately, this happened to be one of the coldest nights of the year in Miami, and the newborn was found abandoned in the corner of its holding area, weak and cold.”
Little Ziggy was quickly taken to the hospital after discovery.
Rob Lara, the Animal Engagement Programs Coordinator at Miami Zoo, told The Koala, “Unfortunately, with some instances, mothers do reject their babies. It is few and far between, but it does occur in zoos just as it does in their natural habitat. Luckily our keepers are very attentive and noticed the baby first thing when they arrived.”
Moreover, he was kept in the intensive care unit and was given heat and fluids. The doctors did not feel that Ziggy had a strong chance of survival. However, defying all the odds, the baby fought with all its might and gained back its strength.
The Zookeepers once again tried to introduce the baby to its mother. They placed Ziggy on Laura’s back, but she still did not seem interested in her newborn. The Zoo added, “Though the mother initially allowed the baby to be placed on her back, she soon became intolerant of it and her behavior indicated that she was not going to care for it and that it would need to be returned to the hospital for hand-rearing.”
The newborn was also fed using a tube. However, he has now started to feed on his own by a bottle.
Currently, Ziggy is doing very well and the staff at the Zoo is working non-stop to help him!