NEW SPECIES

RED SILKY ANTEATER

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild News -

WHAT IS IT? The world just got six new con­tenders s to the ti­tle of the cutest an­i­mal on Earth. Silky anteaters have long been con­sid­ered to be­long to a sin­gle species, but a new anal­y­sis of hun­dreds of mu­seum spec­i­mens sug­gests it should be split into seven, in­clud­ing a dash­ing red silky va­ri­ety.

WHERE IS IT? Wide­spread and not un­com­mon across the forests of South and Cen­tral Amer­ica, silky anteaters are ar­bo­real, noc­tur­nal, soli­tary, elu­sive and rather mys­te­ri­ous. Lit­tle is known about their be­hav­iour or ecol­ogy.

A snoozy silky anteater doesn’t need to de­scend to the ground to sleep.

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