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Baby giant anteater makes debut in Miami

The Associated Press

MIAMI  — A baby giant anteater has made his public debut at Zoo Miami.

Zoo spokesman Ron Magill says Bowie is the first giant anteater born at the zoo. He was born Dec. 21 and was introduced to the public on Tuesday.

In this Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 photo, "Bowie" the first giant anteater ever born at Zoo Miami makes its debut with his mother at the Amazon and Beyond exhibit in Miami. (Al Diaz /Miami Herald via AP)
In this Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 photo, "Bowie" the first giant anteater ever born at Zoo Miami makes its debut with his mother at the Amazon and Beyond exhibit in Miami. (Al Diaz /Miami Herald via AP)

Magill tells the Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/2l7rpiZ ) the zoo gave the baby and his 3-year-old mother time to bond before Bowie made his first appearance. He says it was a "beautiful moment" when the mother stepped out with no hesitation with Bowie "gripped firmly to her back."

The giant anteater can grow to 7 feet long and is found in the grasslands of Central and South America.

The pair is part of the "Amazon and Beyond" exhibit at Zoo Miami.