Omaha zoo debuts baby aardvark - Omaha.com
Published Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 9:43 am / Updated at 12:50 pm
Omaha zoo debuts baby aardvark

A 16-pound, 12-week-old aardvark calf made her debut at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium this morning.

She will be on display with her parents from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in the Kingdoms of the Night display.

Though the calf is kept near her parents, she must be hand raised by zoo staff to increase her likelihood of survival.

Aardvarks are a heavy-built animal with an arched back and a long, muscular tail. Adult aardvarks range in weight from 110 to 150 pounds. They have a long, tubular snout and a long tongue covered in sticky saliva to help them catch termites and ants.

Aardvarks are nocturnal and have a strong sense of smell and hearing to help them locate prey and avoid predators at night.

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