Rescued Infant Tamandua Reunited with his Mother

Little Edwin, an infant Northern tamandua, was found on the ground alone. It is normal for tamanduas to leave their young behind in the treetops while they forage for food and we believe that this is when young Edwin fell to the ground. Thankfully he was quickly found by local residents before any predators spotted him. His mother could not be found so he was brought to Refuge for Wildlife for a medical check and some care and warm milk. At only one month old, we knew Edwin had a better chance of survival with his mother so we were very pleased when we heard that the mother tamandua had returned the following day. We quickly rushed him to the area where his mother was and we were able to successfully reunite Edwin with his mother!——El pequeño Edwin, un bebé tamandua, fue encontrado solo en el suelo. Es normal que los tamanduas dejen a sus niños en los árboles mientras buscan comida y creemos que esto es cuando el joven Edwin cayó al suelo. Afortunadamente, los residentes locales lo encontraron rápidamente antes de que los depredadores lo vieran. No pudimos encontrar a la madre, por lo que fue llevado al Refugio para la Vida Silvestre para un chequeo médico y algo de cuidado y leche. Con solo un mes de edad, sabíamos que tenía más posibilidades de sobrevivir con su madre. Estábamos muy felices cuando escuchamos que la madre había regresado al día siguiente. ¡Lo llevamos rápidamente al área donde estaba su madre y pudimos reunir a Edwin con su madre!

Posted by Refuge For Wildlife on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Amazing new video from International Animal Rescue and partner organization Refuge For Wildlife! This sweet video shows an infant Northern tamandua (also known as an anteater) being reunited with his mom in the wild.

Refuge For Wildlife saved this tiny anteater after he was found all alone on the ground, his mother nowhere to be seen. Normally mama anteaters will leave their babies tucked away high in the treetops of the forest while they forage for food. Unfortunately it seems that this baby must have slipped from the trees and fallen onto the ground below.

Image: Refuge For Wildlife

Luckily this baby anteater was found by a local resident before any predators could get to him. The concerned resident took the baby to the wildlife refuge, where he was provided with a medical checkup and round-the-clock care. The tiny baby was named Edwin, and his caretakers fed him some milk and provided a warm water bottle to keep him cozy. This little one is only one month old, and his caretakers knew that the best chance of survival was to reunite baby with mom.

Image: Refuge For Wildlife

Thankfully Edwin’s mama showed up the very next day looking for him in the same spot where he was found in the forest. The folks at the wildlife refuge quickly rushed the baby to the area where his mother was spotted in the trees. It took a little bit of acrobatics as the baby cannot yet climb, but Edwin was finally able to successfully reunite with his mom! As you can see in the video it is such a sweet moment when mama and baby are finally back together in the wild!