Southern Tamandua closeup
We were able to approach this Anteater quite closely as it doesn't seem to see and hear very good when its busy sniffing the earth in search of food. Don't be fooled by its cuteness though, they have nasty long claws that can cut you wide open.
The southern tamandua, also called a collared anteater, or lesser anteater , is a species of anteater from South America. It is a solitary animal, found in many habitats from mature to highly disturbed secondary forests and arid savannas. It feeds on ants, termites and bees. It has very strong foreclaws that can be used to break insect nests or to defend itself.