San Diego Zoo has first aardvark birth in nearly 4 decades

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An aardvark cub born at the San Diego Zoo is doing well and developing quickly, according to wildlife specialists.The female cub was born May 10 and will nurse from her mother, Zola, for about six months, the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance said this week in announcing the zoo’s first aardvark birth in nearly four decades.”She is very active, and was using her sharp claws to dig like an adult aardvark, just hours after her birth,” lead wildlife care specialist Cari Inserra said in the statement.SAN DIEGO ZOO’S SKYFARI RIDE VANDALIZED, STRANDING 100 PLUS RIDERS; 4 SUSPECTS ARRESTEDThe long-eared, hairless cub has tripled her birth weight in just five weeks.
An aardvark cub explores her habitat at the San Diego Zoo on June 10, 2022. 
(Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance via AP)She does not have a name yet, and will remain out of view of zoo visitors for about two months as she bonds with her mother.ZOO STAFF FORCED TO INTERVENE AFTER DOG WALKS INTO GORILLA ENCLOSURE”We can’t wait until we are able to introduce the cub to our Zoo guests, helping them learn more about this remarkable species,” Inserra said.Aardvarks are native to sub-Saharan Africa. They have strong front legs and long claws adapted to digging burrows where they spend daylight hours until emerging in evenings to use their long, sticky tongues to slurp up ants and termites.SAN DIEGO CONSIDERS PROPOSAL DECLARING ITSELF ‘SAFE CITY’ FOR ABORTION

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