Anteater Takes a Vinegar Bath

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Not sure why. Maybe Pua wanted to be funny or she misses the feel of acidic ants and termites biting as she raids a nest. She pushed her bowl and cup of vinegar onto the floor then ran down and began to bath in it. She got herself soaked then when finished I gave her a real bath.


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A walk and a bed

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Hey it's me Pua mom let me have my own profile on Blogger. When I made my profile it let me make a wish list so if you click on my profile or this link you can see that. Why couldn't I find a man as an option for my wish? That's taking to long. I remind mom every night and I'm peeing in the yard to make it easier to find his way here.

I had lots of fun last night making mom run around. I found out I can climb in this one window and mom lets me then runs around the house and we meet at the door and I go back out. She was impressed I was so smart though don't know why. She should know I'm brilliant. I try to climb out that window sometimes when mom lets me sit there. The AC is in that window and I can climb down the support, but she wont let me. Well, when I was out I was sniffing around and remembered and climbed up and she opened the window and let me in.

I also had fun playing with her and even played with Grampa a bit. I was feeling pretty hyper. Oh mom even caught me a few flying termites. Those were great. It's not been a good year for bugs.

Okay here's some photos mom took.

Waiting for my blankets to wash

Waiting for her blankets to wash
Mom needs to find an alternative to my bedroom to wash things.

Time for a hike - is it fall already?
Time for a hike - is it fall already?
I must say I'm not thrilled with these chilly nights. I needed a jacket for awhile last night

No ants in this log today
No ants in thos log today
Some one has been sitting on this log it looks like and drove the ants away. I always found ants here before.

Mom likes getting pictures of me from the front
Heading down the trail
I just like running down the trails

Time for a nap in my hallow tree
Time for a nap in her hallow tree
I go to all the trouble of making a nice nest and then get fished out. We need to take this tree home. I did have fun climbing the walls and clawing them.

Time to cool down
Time to cool down
The water is always so cold here. I just got my feet wet to cool down.

Back to the trail
Back to the trail
Told ya mom likes head shots

Inspecting the log of snacks
Might be some bugs in here

Looked like someone got to this log first
Looking for ants
darn skunks eat all the grubs

I found ants
I found ants

Video of me getting some ants

Another quick dip in the stream
Another quick did in the stream
I got a little deeper but just got my upper tail and legs wet. I spent some time here and wanted to go along the shore but mom said it was to rough going. It wasn't rough for me, mom needs 4 legs.

So I went back to the trail
Moving on again

Some more video of me having fun with logs

This log is just fun to walk on
This log is just fun to walk on

Time to go home
Time to go home

Are we there yet??

I must apologize but sometimes the drive just takes way to long for me. They need to drive faster. We get in close the door then when we open the door we are home. I just wanted her to open the door so we would be home.

So I got signed up to be a bed tester but mom seems to think we all should be allowed to use the bed and let the dogs test it first. How rude.

Quasi was first to try out the new bed
Quasi was first to try out the new bed

Fridge raid
Fridge raid
Mom locked me in the room while she had dinner, how rude. Well she didn't leave enough treats for me so I decided to get my own.

Hyzzie using the bed
Hyzzie using the bed
I think Hyzzie may be a bit bigger than mom was thinking. She seems to like the bed anyway.

I had other things to do
Pua had other things to do
Mom thought it would be nice to have the bed to lay on by the window but I had other plans. I did poke my head into it later when mom put it on my tower for me but I didn't stay in there.

Going up
Going up

Sniffing out the window
Sniffing out the window

Now this is a nap spot
Now this is a nap spot

I wasn't paying attention hope that wasn't to many photos for one post


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Pua ignores her rose - video
Pua ignores her rose
She likes roses but apparently wanted cheese instead this time

Oh boy, wormy apple!

Oh boy, wormy apple!

Excuse me?

Excuse me?

Did you want something?

Did you want something?

Sometimes when I peek in at her she has her arm draped over the middle or both paws folded over it with her head resting in them. Was trying to capture that.

Sleepy girl

Sleepy girl

Dirty yawn

Dirty yawn She had been anting in the yard earlier

Striking a lovely pose

Striking a lovely pose

Tamandua tetradactyla longicaudata. Long-tailed tamandua

Tamandua tetradactyla longicaudata. Long-tailed tamandua Range: GUYANA-PERU-BRAZIL

And she has such a lovely long tail too :)

Some grooming

Some grooming

Cough cough, pardon me

Cough cough, pardon me Silly girl was licking into her hand

Pua is bored - video

Coming down her tower - video

Pua and her toy wrench

Pua and her toy wrench

The best humming bird shot

The best humming bird shot

She's so brave will come with me sitting under it but had to move back a bit for her to feel safe with the camera pointed at her.

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Trying to perch

Trying to perch

Look at her gripping the little flower

Look at her gripping the little flower

Humming bird buzzing

Humming bird buzzing


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Chilly summer nights

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Yummy apple

Yummy apple

Got more apples?
Got more apples?
Pua likes wormy apples. These are little wild grown apples.

Chilly and tired
Chilly and tired

A cheesy pick me up
A cheesey pick me up

Not happy with the weather
Not happy with the weather

Under her hammock
Under her hammock

Good morning Pua
Good morning Pua
Normally she sleeps naked but she went in for a nap. She also goes in the washer and disrobes then comes out minus sweater if she doesn't want it.

I'm so sleepy
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Do I get cheese if I pose pretty?
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Big anteater yawn
Aug 16 006


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Are tamanduas really a nuisance?

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So was questioned on if tamanduas are really a nuisance. I remember that being the wording of the article on the study that capuchin monkeys and tamanduas were tied as most commonly killed as a nuisance animal. I swear I stumble across that article a lot but now that I need a link to it can't find it. I suppose one old study is not as important as more recent facts however.

So yes attitudes vary by region and in some areas tamanduas may be highly regarded but in other areas they are not. There are a lot more problems where wild is being taken over by urban. They are also killed on site by many believing that tamanduas kill dogs. They wander into homes, parks, and other urban areas, dig in the trash, captured in agricultural areas(they do love fruit and will dig up plants to get at bugs), and generally get themselves into trouble, a nuisance.

The stories below are from Brazil and not Guyana. In Brazil there are wildlife rescues and the zoo that takes these refugees. One person from Brazil once told me they had never seen a healthy tamandua in the wild. This is because healthy and adult ones know to avoid people and are very good at hiding. They radio tagged some tamanduas in one study and they considered themselves extremely lucky if they got to set eyes on one. Radio tagged so they knew where they were but still couldn't spot them. So it's no easy task to catch a wild anteater out in the jungle. A little easier to catch one that wandered into town.

found in a home
Foto: Esther Nazareth/RIOZOO

Found in ditch
Foto: Reprodução/TV Bahia

Found in yard
Foto: Divulgação/PM-SC

Seriously they just walk in the yard and people freak and call firemen to deal with it.

Found in middle of freeway



Baby found in road, would guess mom hit by car
Foto: Miro de Souza/Agência RBS

Captured by firemen for being found in the town ship
Foto: Divulgação/Assessoria de Comunicação Social do                 CBMGO

This appears to be the same situation but not 100% on the translation, taken by firemen, baby tamandua
http://g1.globo.com/Noticias/Rio/0,,MUL145241-5606,00-MACAQUINHO+DO+RIOZOO+E+REJEITADO+PELA+MAE.html

Found on highway
Foto: Divulgação/Corpo de Bombeiros


Mother killed on highway
Foto: Charles Guerra

Found in the township
Foto: Divulgação

Found on a light pole


Now if I did that right the photos link to the stories.

Below are photos with descriptions from my memory of them.

Wandered into home being threatened with a broom


At dumpster


Injured and hiding


Caged by workers at a construction site, to keep it safe

I'm not sure if that's a garbage can but he seems to think it is

Mom electrocuted and baby brought to rescue
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOD2yOyYOiY

But there are lots of those on YT lets focus on a few not where you belong ones

Maybe he wants a scooter. He's seriously annoyed by that invisible force field.



Video of the fellow on the light pole

trying to chase one off their balcony area.

My translation says the people were scared of her and called to have her removed
http://www.alterosa.com.br/html/noticia_interna,id_sessao=9&id_noticia=11140/noticia_interna.shtml

If I ever find that study I'll post it but I need to get to work.

Just an edit. Most exotic animals are bred in captivity for many generations and none taken from the wild. Most wild mammals you wouldn't want anywhere near you anyway. Anteaters are among the exceptions. Some reptiles people still take from the wild where it is legal and there are enough. I suppose it is no different than hunting, love is as real a necessity as food. Only in the case of taken for pets they are not killed, in the legal trade. We are all against poaching.

We do hope Pua will have a baby with her new mate now that she is at peak health and she is still young enough. We, the anteater community, are having more success at domestic breeding. I do know of a few born this year but they are not available, either to young or not for sale. Over time with enough success none will need to be taken from the wild any more and in an ideal world all "refugee" tamanduas could be rehabbed to the wild or if not possible(real world the wild is still getting taken away) find loving homes where they can be happy.


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