The stork has left a baby aardvark at the Detroit Zoo.
The zoo announced Tuesday that the 23-inch creature was born hairless but boasting four-inch ears early in the morning of Dec. 8. It weighed 3 pounds, 10 ounces.
Zoo Director of Conservation and Animal Welfare Scott Carter said in a news release that the animal "can only be described as hideously cute."
The infant is named Amani, the Swahili word for "peace." Its gender is unknown pending a DNA test.
The zoo in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak says zookeepers are helping new mother Rachaael raise Amani due to aardvarks' clumsy nature and poor eyesight.
The long-snouted African mammals can grow up to 5 to 6 feet in length and weigh 90 to 145 pounds.
Some Facts About Aardvarks
Aardvarks (ARD-varks) are predators that eat insects. Adult aardvarks can reach six to 7 feet in length, 3 feet In height and wiegh 120 pounds. They are hairless mammals with big snouts and rabbit-like ears. Similar to the South American Anteater, aardvarks have foot-long, sticky tongues, which they use to capture ants and termites.
The Aardvark (Orycteropus afer or "Digging foot") is sometimes called an "antbear." Native to Africa, this medium-sized mammal's life span is about ten years. Aardvarks are nocturnal, forest dwellers. They have one or two young at a time, usually at the start of every rainy season. The mother, called a bear, raises her babies in the burrows where they make their homes. Young aardvarks start digging their own burrows when they are six months old.
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