Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Anteater gets late-night minder

Tammy the tree-climbing anteater is to be given her own minder during a series of late-night events at ZSL London Zoo (ZSL London Zoo/PA)
With naturally poor eyesight, Tammy the anteater has a tendency for clumsiness (ZSL London Zoo/PA)

Tammy the fun-loving anteater is being given her own minder to stop her from being trampled by late-night visitors to ZSL London Zoo this summer

The 12-year-old tree-climbing anteater is famed for her friendly disposition and fondness for ambling around the public walkways of her exhibit after hours.

But, with naturally poor eyesight, she has a tendency for clumsiness, prompting the zoo to take special measures to steer her out of trouble during a series of late-night events.

Keeper Caroline Westlake said: "Tree-climbing anteaters are most active in the mornings and evenings, making Zoo Lates the perfect opportunity for visitors to see Tammy scaling the branches and investigating her home.

"To make sure she can go about her business exploring Rainforest Life, we're providing Tammy with her very own minder to gently guide her around our evening visitors. We're now keeping our fingers crossed that the A-list treatment won't result in any diva-like behaviour!"

Zoo Lates sees thousands of post-work revellers descend on ZSL London Zoo for an adults-only Friday night out.

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