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The aanteater_ is the smallest and least-known member of the african “Slayr” genus. The anteater was originally mostly found in the central parts of Southern Africa later migrating north toward Europe, specifically the United Kingdom. It is rare and difficult to spot because it is mostly nocturnal, spending most of it’s time high in the mountains & forests or relaxing near running water. It is also exquisitely camouflaged, it’s mottled yellowish brown skin matching both the colour and the texture of fibrous seed masses produced by the slick-cotton tree. The African aartvark_  belongs to a different mammalian order, yet, like the aanteater_, it has a tubular muzzle for eating ants and the two are often classified as the same.

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