Rare baby giant anteater makes St. Louis Zoo debut

Friday, November 9, 2012 | 7:19 a.m. CST; updated 9:40 a.m. CST, Friday, November 9, 2012

ST. LOUIS — A rare baby giant anteater is now on display at the St. Louis Zoo.

The baby named Sabia was born Aug. 14 and made her public debut with her mother Thursday in the River's Edge area of the zoo. It is the second baby for the parents. The first was born in 2005.

Adult giant anteaters can grow up to 50 inches long with a yard-long tail. Adults will eat up to 30,000 ants per day.

They are in danger of extinction in the wild and have disappeared from most of their range in Central America because of  habitat loss. They're also often hunted as trophies or captured by animal dealers.

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