Featured video: giant anteater wallowing and scratching like a dog

By: Hannah Lindstrom
May 28, 2013

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Scientists have recently taken rare and incredible footage of a giant anteater with a camera trap in the Barba Azul Nature Reserve of Bolivia. This footage captures a giant anteater wallowing in a pit of mud. The animal lies down, rolling around and scratching itself, for a period of, what seems to be, over a minute. Biologists have proposed various reasons for wallowing in different species such as thermoregulation in pigs or skin maintenance in hippopotamus. Some scientists even believe that it might be a form of comfort. The function of wallowing in giant anteaters is yet to be studied, but it may serve a purpose similar to those in other species.

By: Hannah Lindstrom (May 28, 2013).

Featured video: giant anteater wallowing and scratching like a dog.