San Diego Zoo welcomes 1st aardvark birth in years
An aardvark cub born at the San Diego Zoo is doing well and developing quickly, according to wildlife specialists.
The female cub was born May 10 and will nurse from her mother, Zola, for about six months, the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance said this week in announcing the zoo's first aardvark birth in nearly four decades.
“She is very active, and was using her sharp claws to dig like an adult aardvark, just hours after her birth,” lead wildlife care specialist Cari Inserra said in the statement.
The long-eared, hairless cub has tripled her birth weight in just five weeks.
She does not have a name yet and will remain out of view of zoo visitors for about two months as she bonds with her mother.
"We can’t wait until we are able to introduce the cub to our Zoo guests, helping them learn more about this remarkable species,” Inserra said.
Aardvarks are native to sub-Saharan Africa. They have strong front legs and long claws adapted to digging burrows where they spend daylight hours until emerging in the evenings to use their long, sticky tongues to slurp up ants and termites.