By Shannon Lane @shannonroselane
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Videographer / director: ZooBorns
Producer: Shannon Lane, Ruby Coote
Editor: James Thorne
Nicknamed ‘Beanie’, the youngster was born on December 28th 2016, however zookeepers quickly discovered the infant was unable to be cared for by her biological mother.
Zookeeper Amy Heath said: "ZSL London Zoo is home to a group of giant anteaters, male Bonito and his female mates, Inca and Sauna.
"We were delighted when we discovered Inca was pregnant; but unfortunately she rejected the infant so we’ve stepped in to help until the baby is big enough to go back in with her parents."
The young grey and black baby anteater - who already has her impressive curved claws - is cared for by Amy and comforted by her giant cuddly teddy bear.
Her carer said: “Hand-rearing an animal is an amazing privilege, but it’s hard work too; we’ve been bottle-feeding Beanie every two to three hours with special replacement milk and making sure she’s kept warm at night with a temperature-controlled incubator."
Although she is a tiny 1.6kg now, eventually she’ll grow up to 7ft and weigh as much as 45kg.
Amy added: "She’s a very strong youngster with a sweet personality; she loves to burrow her long snout into my neck for a cuddle!”
"While they’ve got no teeth, anteater’s claws are the perfect tools for digging an opening into ants’ nests and Beanie has been practising her digging skills on her teddy bear, or even sometimes my shoulder!”