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Locally born anteater makes debut

A baby anteater, born last month at the Shanghai Wildlife Park, made its public debut today. It is the first anteater born in capitivity in China.

Its parents, Zhen Zhen and Ni Ni, came to the zoo last year from Guyana. They were young adults and soon fell in love with each other. Ni Ni was pregnant early this year, but her first baby was aborted.

After three months' recovery, Ni Ni was pregnant again. This time zoo keepers did their best to protect the fetus, giving Ni Ni a separated room with thick hay to keep warm, zoo officials said.

The cub was born smoothly on October 27 and was named Gui Bao, meaning "precious treasure" in Chinese. Ni Ni is a qualified mother and fed her baby actively.

Now, Gui Bao is enjoying a special recipe -- meal made of cat food, bananas, apples, boiled eggs, yogurt, honey and dried ants. The cute fellow now weighs about 1.2 kilograms and measures 62 centimeters long.


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