"QUANTUM SHOT" #420
The coolest dude among all animals, and then some.
Tamandua (Tamandua tetradactyla) is a smaller species of anteaters, but some would say they are the "perfect" anteaters - just the right size, and just the right amount of attitude.
They are most closely related to sloths and armadillos, but seeing these pictures will make you wonder if you aren't related to them by any chance. It seems they know how special they look, and don't mind posing in sweaters and other handmade clothes.
(images credit: TamanduaGirl)
TamanduaGirl (see Anteater Entertainment) keeps two South American anteaters - tamanduas Pua and Stewie - in her house. See the photo chronicle of their life in this set and videos on this page.
Waking up and "yawning" shows the true length of their tongue:
The owner says: "Tamanduas are very smart. They know how to open the fridge, open the doors..."
"...they know how to open the window, open drawers, open cabinets, open containers, climb the door frame, and respond to their name."
"The dogs are scared of their long tails; and some tamanduas may use their long claws on almost anything, including your furniture. They like to tear things up when given the chance like coconuts and logs".
To avoid puncturing their palms with their sharp claws, they walk on the outsides of their hands. They can wave their arms at you, and almost say "hello" -
Do your homework and be prepared to put with many surprises, if you consider an anteater as a pet. First of all, they don't come cheap (up to $4,500) - and they need a special diet (unless you have an endless supply of ants, but even then, they need a supplement) Tamanduas are very loving, but just like cats, they tend to "let you" love them.
However, when they do hug you, it's impossibly cute:
Some clothes seem to be a perfect fit for tamandua:
Traveling in a car does not seem to faze them, only pique their curiosity:
And then, there is love and romance:
Soon this anteater couple will star in the upcoming "Dr. Dolittle 4" movie. That is if they will get from under their cozy blankets in the morning:
They seem to be well aware of their awesomeness:
"OK, ok, no applause is needed" -
(images credit: TamanduaGirl)
Make sure to check out the frequently-updated blog, documenting the owners' eventful life with TWO anteaters in the house.
Are You Talking to Me?
When threatened, tamandua will strike a kung-fu pose, showing who is the true master around here:
Unrelated to tamandua (but simply AWESOME), here is a picture of baby albino aardvark: - via
(image credit: Archivolt)
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