Aaaww, it’s an Aardvark
December 29th, 2008 is announcing today the birth of baby Arani to aardvark mom Raachael. The happy event is reported by the Detroit Zoo, one of dozens of zoos and aquariums around the world participating in brilliantly clusters the cuteness of baby animals with timely events (their births) to deliver authoritative knowledge about animal species — including their care and conservation. The zoo babies look great on a mobile browser too. Among what we learn from the Arani post, from the experts who mention that “This baby can only be described as hideously cute”:

The animal’s unusual appearance plays a part in its success as a forager. The ears point forward to enable it to listen for the sound of insects. The snout is long and filled with hair that acts as a filter, letting scents in and keeping dirt out. Strong limbs and spoon-shaped claws can tear though the sturdiest of termite mounds, allowing the aardvark to trap insects with its long, sticky tongue which can be up to 12 inches long.

New zoo baby posts appear almost daily. A favorite of mine is a mama meerkat leering upwards at a baby gorilla — here, right below the kangaroo.

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