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This Baby Anteater Chilling On His Mom’s Back Is Absolutely Adorable

Anteaters are cute?! Yes, yes they are.

1. Say hello to MJ, a southern tamandua (a type of anteater), born at the Staten Island Zoo in January.

2. MJ might be the first known tamandua birth in the NYC region, according to the zoo.

3. Tamanduas are found in Central and South America and spend most of their time in trees.

4. MJ was born to mother DJ and father EJ.

Here he is on his mom DJ’s back.

5. He is being raised by mom DJ, and is presently doing well.

6. MJ has a really long tongue. Tamanduas’ tongues can extend up to 16 inches which comes in handy when foraging for ants and termites in trees.

7. MJ sticking his potentially 16-inch long tongue out atchu.

8. Tamanduas are listed as species of “Least Concern” on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species.

WHAT?! NO! WE ARE MOST CONCERNED ABOUT BABY MJ.

9. MJ’s glamour shot no.1.

10. MJ’s glamour shot no.2.

(H/T Gothamist)

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