Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Silky Anteater

          The Giant Anteater of Central and South America is rather well known (although still bizarre and often confused with other animals such as the aardvark). However, its smaller relative, the Silky anteater, is almost never heard of, even in those countries of which its native. Silky anteaters are squirrel-sized tree-dwellers and they seldom if ever go down to the ground; they live in rainforests in Mexico, Central and South America and rely mostly on camouflage to evade the attention of predators. But if they are cornered, they can deliver surprisingly powerful blows with their sharp, curved claws. Once again, this is a rarely seen creature, active mostly at night.

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