SUMMER LOVIN’ BRINGS A TRIO OF BABIES TO BUSCH GARDENS
25th May, 2013 | Category: Latest News >
(6th August 2012) Forget Bieber Fever, Baby Fever has hit Florida park Busch Gardens Tampa this summer with the arrival of a pocket sized baby squirrel monkey, anteater and kangaroo.
The new anteater, ironically known as a 'giant anteater', is only a month old and currently weighs less than 5 lbs (2.3kg) just below the average bag of sugar! However, the baby will grow up to weigh more than 100 lbs (45kg) like its parents, Adelhi (mother) and Buddy (father). New born Anteaters nurse for six months and are carried on their mother’s backs for up to a year and when fully grown will eat up to 30,000 insects a day.
The baby squirrel monkey is extremely curious and spends most of its day riding around on its mother’s back. But don’t be deceived by these little animals, The Squirrel Monkey is thought to be one of the most intelligent species of primate and is known to have the largest brain to body mass ratio of all the monkey species in the world
Since the birth of the new squirrel monkey and anteater in June, the animals’ keepers have been unable to determine if the babies are male or female but as soon the keepers are able to identify the genders, the animals will be named.
Busch Gardens’ newest joey was named Louis by his keepers. He currently weighs less than 10 lbs (4.5kg) (about the same as a bowling ball!) and will soon be joining the rest of the kangaroo mob at the park's attraction, Walkabout Way.
These babies are all currently being raised in private areas and will soon be welcomed to guest viewing areas around the park.