Earth’s Smallest Anteater

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The silky (or pygmy) anteater is the smallest extant species of anteater on the planet. They are about the size of a hamster, and at least twice as adorable. It has distinct, rounded claws on its front and back feet, and its tail works almost like a fifth limb.

Like other anteaters, the silky anteater can consume up to 5,000 ants in a single day, but it will also munch on other insects like beetles and termites. It spends its days sleeping in trees, and does its hunting at night.

Watch the video to have a look at some rare footage of the silky anteater.

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