Brazilian arrival brings World Cup spirit

In celebration of the 2014 World Cup in Rio, ZSL London Zoo welcomed a new arrival all the way from Brazil to its Rainforest Life exhibit.

Flying the flag for the South American team, the two-year-old female southern tamandua, or tree anteater, was  showing off her fancy footwork in the tropical biome.

new female tamandua pops up

With striking white-blonde hair, and a black racing stripe down her back, the youngster has seemingly endless energy levels, and keepers have spotted her galloping at speeds around the rainforest floor.

New tamandua walking around rainforest life

Zookeeper Kelly-Anne Kelleher said: “Our new arrival is a really lively young female with lots of zest for life – she’s certainly been showing off skills worthy of any world cup team!

“ZSL London Zoo’s mixed Rainforest Life exhibit has given her a whole new world to explore, with monkeys, birds, sloths and tortoises for her to get acquainted with, and she’s been loving every minute.”

Making the 5,500 mile journey to join the European breeding programme for endangered species, a new male will soon be joining the females in Rainforest Life in the hope that they will breed.



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