National Geographic : 1957 Jun
+ Tail Lashing, a Great Anteater Struggles Against Hunters' Lassos Mr. Attenborough visited British Guiana as a member of a B.B.C.-London Zoo expedition that filmed the capture of scores of animals and birds. The expedition came upon this ant bear on the savanna at the edge of a swamp. The shaggy beast fled in a lumbering gallop, but the men soon over hauled and roped it, taking care to avoid swipes of the murderous foreclaws. Back in camp, the captive found a termite nest into which it eagerly poked its long snout, licking up the insects with a sticky, thonglike tongue. For the trip to London, the ant bear was weaned on minced meat, raw eggs, and condensed milk mixed with earth. + A prehensile tail braces the tamandua, or tree ant eater, when climbing. The animal sometimes hangs by the tail to attack a termite nest with its forepaws. 853 ined it carefully. It was covered with dirty gray hair and measured six feet from the tip of the shaggy tail to a tiny mouth at the end of a long, curved, and toothless snout. From this its long thonglike tongue, covered with sticky mucus, could extend even farther to gather ant and termite larvae from their earthen cells as if on flypaper. Its forelegs ended in four-inch claws. On our return to Georgetown, capital of British Guiana, the hospitable Georgetown zoo boarded the anteater for us. The Agri cultural Department put a large garage at our disposal to house smaller animals capuchin monkeys, trumpeter birds, and a matamata turtle, whose rough shell and skin are camouflaged to blend with the floors of forest pools (page 868). Our next objective was the rain forest.