Sunday, August 20, 2017

Yekaterinburg zoo welcomes first aardvark birth

The Yekaterinburg zoo announced the arrival of the first baby aardvark to be born in Russia, Ria Novosti reports.

An aardvark couple was first brought to Yekaterinburg from Tanzania in the spring season of 2012. Later in the year, the two rare specimens were put on display in the Yekaterinburg zoo, Ria Novosti reports.

With the body of an anteater, the ears of a rabbit, the snout of a pig and the tail of a rabbit, full-grown aardvarks grow to measure roughly 40-60 inches long and 25 inches tall. Adult aardvarks can weigh up to 170 pounds.

In the last 50 years, only 10 aardvarks have been born in captivity. Currently, there are approximately 90 aardvarks living in zoos throughout the world, according to Ria Novosti.