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Aug 09, 2007

THIS JUST IN: Bebeh anteater eye capsules

Alert reader Wendy G. has just informed us that a bebeh anteater was borned at the Smithsonian Institution Nat'l Zoological Park. The lil' three-pounder was a surprise to the zookeeper who discovered the bebeh, clinging to it's mother's chest. Ahngh.

Baby Anteater (8-5-07)-10, originally uploaded by dcmandrill.

Oh, and the bebeh's name is... [drum roll] "Little Schnozzy". No, I am not kiddingks.

Baby Anteater (8-5-07)-9, originally uploaded by dcmandrill.

Check him out, he's all looking for a Starbucks and stuff. Zzzzzzz.

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Oh my freaking cute!

 |  Aug 09, 2007 at 10:29 PM

I mean lookit his little fuzzy head and his eyes...he's all "guh...too....early..."

 |  Aug 09, 2007 at 10:32 PM

this will def be me tomorrow morning when I wake up for work at 5:30am (it's 1:30am over here on the east coast right now). yikes.

 |  Aug 09, 2007 at 10:33 PM

Aw. Thanks. This really brightened up my day. My doggie, Plato passed away yesterday (thursday) at about noon... and I'm absolutely devistated (as is his brother, Aristotle).

Thank you cute overload!

 |  Aug 09, 2007 at 10:40 PM

At first he's like,
"Ah, ah. Eet ees so comfterbuhls."

And then he's like,
"Oh yess. Thees ees my spot. You no canna hav."


 |  Aug 09, 2007 at 11:01 PM

The bebeh looks so soft and cuddly! I wanna cuddle with Little Schnozzy!

Constance and Aristotle-my heart goes out to you. I'm so sorry to hear about your Plato. I keep you both in my thoughts.

Martha in Washington
 |  Aug 09, 2007 at 11:04 PM

Shnozzy. What for you wake me.

The Honourable Gladys Anstruther
 |  Aug 09, 2007 at 11:15 PM

Schnozzy says: "Hello. My face is horizontal."

 |  Aug 09, 2007 at 11:28 PM

Aw, what a perfect name :)

R. Moore
 |  Aug 09, 2007 at 11:46 PM

I nominate this little dude for the best eye capsules award!

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 12:13 AM


 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 12:38 AM

Awwwwwww! Snozzzzzze wha Hunh snoooooze!

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 01:38 AM

So precious! What a wonderful surprise to find!

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 03:49 AM

Looks like the stork escaped from the bird house again.

Peg of Tilling
 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 04:43 AM

Awwwwwwwww. Wow, that little guy is just mindnumbingly cute. And Martha, sorry to hear about your dog :(

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 04:55 AM

The eye capsules, yes, but look at those wittle ears! And the teeny moist nosicle at the end of his schnozz! This lil' dewd is workin' the cute from all angles.

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 05:07 AM

Oh my! What a sleepy, blinky baby!

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 05:27 AM

i like how droll he looks in photo too.
he's kind of gross, though--but in a cute way, no worries!?!?

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 05:55 AM

Looks like eating ants is tough work! Mom is all like, wake up junior, we gots another ant hill over here for you ta suck out!
Aww, mom, do I hafta?
Yes, if you've got time to lean, you've got time to clean, let's go...

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 06:20 AM

constance & aristotle - my heart goes out to both of you.

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 06:26 AM

oh teh qte is killing me... or at least maiming. so prosh!

Constance and Aristotle, so sad about Plato. :( Sending the warm fuzzy love thoughts out your way.

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 06:33 AM

Awww, so cute! Never seen a baby anteater before!

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 07:31 AM

The Smithsonian zoo page has a cute video of mama wandering her habitat with bebeh all aboard: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/Amazonia/anteater.cfm?nzps=cele&ord=csp&csppos=c_1

Cutecute schnozzle.

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 07:52 AM

Constance & Aristotle - I'm so sorry about Plato. Hugs from me & purrs from Yitzy.

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 07:53 AM

YM sneaks into Anteater compound and places teensy leetle kees on Leetle Schnozzy's moist nosesicle and eye capsules, then sneaks back out again.

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 07:54 AM

Sadly, "Little Schnozzy" is just a temporary name until they can get the little guy (or girl) off mama's back and find out if it's a guy (or girl). If you go that zoo page http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/Amazonia/anteater.cfm?nzps=cele&ord=csp&csppos=c_1 you can vote on names!

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 07:58 AM

Argh! So cute! Can someone more skilled than I make an animated .gif of this picture? Ideally, it should just sit there for a sec with the eyes closed, open them, blink, and shut them again.

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 08:10 AM

Read the whole article in the Wash. Post. Apparently, Mama Anteaters are the among the worst mumsies in the amnimal kingdom. Bebehs are born emitting this horrible noise so the Mama doesn't forget about them. THe noise is so awful it makes the Papa Anteaters want to attack the bebehs.

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 08:16 AM

Please. Pretty, pretty please. Learn how to use the apostrophe. I beg you.

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 08:21 AM

Those are some serious eye capsules!

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 08:45 AM

JLA: t'o who'm ar'e you re'ferring?"

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 08:59 AM

"Give me some caffeiene to wake up, please?"

Shannon Johnson
 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 09:14 AM

AAAA! I love heeeeeeeem!

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 09:36 AM

Awwwwwww, that little bebeh is soooo cute!!!! He's all sleepy. I want to feed him bugs all daaaay looonnnng!

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 09:42 AM

oh it's so cuuuuute. I want one. He can have the ants in my kitchen, then we both be happy!

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 09:59 AM

I think JLA is referring to Meg's misuse of "it's" in the post; but you know, we all make mistakes. I pride myself on my grammar knowledge, yet I caught myself making the same mistake yesterday.

Constance, best to you and your four-legged pal. CO helps heal, I know.

Love this little anteater guy!

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 11:10 AM

(Wow, that sounded really snooty. Let me qualify that by saying I am a Latin teacher, so grammar comes with the territory.)

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 11:12 AM

I vote for more anteaters. He's freakin' adorable!!!!!!!!!!!

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 11:31 AM

If enough people write to the zoo asking to keep Little Schnozzy as the name, maybe they'll stop being so pretentious. Really!

zoo neighbor
 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 11:34 AM


*dies of cuteoverload*

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 02:55 PM

Maybe they should just call it "Schnozzy". After all, s/he is going to grow up eventually.

The way the ears/eyes/nose are all in a line is redonk. It's like a cartoon character, not a real animal.

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 04:26 PM

I watched the zoo video. I don't think I've hardly ever seen an anteater before. Very interesting stripys!! Very interesting indeed.

Mary (the first)
 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 05:46 PM

GASP!! that li'l head looks sooo soft!! Oh he's beautiful! I want me an anteater now. Constance- so sorry for your loss.

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 06:42 PM

Kill them!! :)

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 06:44 PM

Awwww, my favorite animal... In baby form. :3

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 06:55 PM

I have never seen a baby anteater before! It's a cute little thing, all tired and cozied-up there. What a great couple of pictures, thanks. :D

 |  Aug 10, 2007 at 11:58 PM

I have a deep, deep love for how baby anteaters end up perched so far back on their moms, right above the tails. Apparently, the mom just stands there patiently, waiting for the kid to figure out the best way to get up there... I want to see that one day before subsequently melting into a puddle of pure DAWWWWWWWW.

 |  Aug 11, 2007 at 05:25 AM

They haven't actually named the kid yet. My mom volunteers in the Small Mammal House, and they haven't decided on a name, mostly because they haven't determined whether the baby is male or female. They have chosen 6 names though, 3 male and 3 female, and are letting the public vote. When the baby is old enough for them to determine the gender, they'll tally the votes and pick a winner. You can read more about it here: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/Amazonia/anteater.cfm?nzps=cele&ord=csp&csppos=c_1

or vote here: http://www.zoomerang.com/recipient/survey.zgi?p=WEB226SKC7V8BN

 |  Aug 11, 2007 at 07:29 AM

My boyfriend just came running into the room to find out why I was squealing.

Seriously, eee!

 |  Aug 11, 2007 at 11:31 PM

*reduced to humans r dumb status*


 |  Aug 12, 2007 at 05:49 PM

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