Exotic Cubs Intoduced – Budapert Zoo

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The Budapest Zoo’s,  spokesman Zoltán Hanga invited the press representatives on a tour  to view giving early lunch to the  Giant Anteater whilst carrying on its back its cub. Interesting to see that the cub’s hair continuing with the mother’s pattern, merges barely notice the cub clinging. Isabela’s first cub was prepared during their “Honeymoon” with William in 2016. The cub’s  parents came from Germany and Scotland. The male cub was named Beigli (The beigli originally from Silesia region of Silesia is a well-known cake in Hungary since the 14th century). Later,  Beigli left the Budapest Zoo to its new home to the Zoo in Liberec, Czech Republic.  The pair gave a female birth to their second cub named Flodni (Hungarian/Jewish Cake)  who is to-day one month old. Known that they are mainly eating bugs, insects, might sound strange but fruit yogurt and avocado are their favorite. Sleeps a lot daily 15hours.

The Giant Anteater is within the sloths, in the order Pilosa. They are close relatives of the armadillos. The giant anteater is a peculiar-looking animal, particularly because of its highly elongated head and brushy tail.  The coat is rough and long, which may seem too warm for the tropical habitat, but the coat is needed because they have slow metabolism and the body always has low temperature. The eponymous mane, which runs along the back and neck can be ruffled in excitement. Due to the slow metabolism the pregnancy can be quite long, around half-a-year and usually only one offspring birth to a cub arrives. The cubs are still riding on the mothers back for a year even though from 6 months they eat solid food. In its wildlife the anteaters walk up to 10 kilometers/day to be tracking the delicious insects with their great sence of smell. Due to their large size the anteaters only natural enemy is the jaguar and cougar, and of course the humans. When they sence a threat they turn into a perfect ball.

Next took a visit to the Armadillos ((a certain types of armadillo) at the Tropical Palm House.The Armadillos live east of the Andes from Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador to Surinam. The armadillos roll into perfect ball shape when threatened, the ears are tucked into the shell and the head and tail interlock to seal the shell completely.

The day’s visit ended at the Piranha aquarium as to watch the feeding of „bloody-thirsty” mean „bloody-hungry” piranhas as they battled to grab bits-and-pieces of their meal in the stirring water.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

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