Baby Aardvark, rejected my mother, on display at Busch Gardens
Despite being completely bald, this adorable aardvark nevertheless faced a rather hairy situation when it was rejected by his mother moments after being born. Staff at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida, were forced to step in and care for the clumsy creature just hours after its birth on April 10. But despite a rocky start the new arrival is now thriving and has made his first public appearance at the USA park.
After birth, young aardvarks usually remain with their mother for approximately six months before moving out and digging their own burrow.
A spokesman for the park said: ‘Obviously we like to let nature take its course but we had to step in when we discovered his mother wasn’t being attentive.
‘We were scared she might accidentally step on him or even bury her cub as aardvarks have a primary instinct to dig for food and burrow for shelter.’
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