Wednesday, January 23, 2008

ABC Wednesday: "A" is for Anteater





Round two of ABC Wednesday! "A" is for Anteater, one of my favorite animals at the zoo. I just find them endlessly amusing. I had always imagined they were rather small - until I saw them in real life - but those are Aardvarks, which are small (about the size of a pig) and found in Africa. These big fellas are South American Giant Anteaters: 2-3 tall and 5-6 feet long from snout to tail and with bulky bodies, strong muscles, and large claws on their feet for digging into hard soil in their search for ants, termites, grubs, and other insects. They are beautiful creatures in their own special way, perfectly created for their purpose in life.

23 comments:

Max-e said...

I find these animals fascinating. In Sounth Africa we two species of anteater - the pangolin and the aardvark (literally translates from Afrikaans into eartk pig).
In many area you see evidence of their presence in hollowed out ant hills.
The pangolin is one animal I have yet to see in the wild.

dot said...

Wow, that's really a funny looking animal! I didn't realize they were so big either. Interesting.

Neva said...

A very very good "A"!!!What a hoot! I never dreamed that were this big!

RUTH said...

What great photos! Well done a great A post :o)

mrsnesbitt said...

I too always imagined they would be smaller. A fantatic nose there. Now that nose means business so watch out Ants! LOL!

Ida said...

Interesting!
I think they look odd.....
A living vacuum cleaner.... LOL. ;)))

Ackworth Born said...

a fascinating creature that I've never really come across before.

hpy said...

I must laugh at myself, I didn't understand the "anteater" immediately, what's an ante-ater, or a an-teater? But then I looked at the picture and understood.

RuneE said...

Nice pictures of an animal I have never seen. Another lesson today. I wonder if it would be possible to rent one for the summer ;-)

lv2scpbk said...

Now this is a cool photo. Love the A photo you took.

DarylE said...

They are indeed interesting critters .. and great pix too

Dirty Knees said...

Odd-looking animals! But then, ant-eating is kinda different too. ;-)

Siani said...

Great pics - I find anteaters fascinating. It's amazing how such a bulky creature can survive by eating tiny little ants.

My first ABC is up at Siani's Pot-Pourri.

VP said...

I've always loved Aardvarks and I'm thinking about 'adopting' one at London Zoo...

Nessa said...

They are really interesting looking animals.

Dragonstar said...

Excellent A, Aardvark even starts with a double A! Their noses are crazy!!!

Peter M said...

They look much bigger than I thought they would be

Flassie's Fil'a said...

Beautiful Animal! Wow!
Awesome A choice!

Have a Blessed Happy
Creative Fun Year!!!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Wow that is a great photo

Andrea said...

Wow, what a creature. I would not want to run up on this animal.

bonnie said...

I agree, what a beautiful animal. The paws are HUGE and he looks so groomed.

Katney said...

An Amazing Animal. Awesome!

Gemma said...

Great photos...
anteaters are cool.