Overload of cuteness! Baby tamandua takes first steps at Washington zoo

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Overload of cuteness! Baby tamandua takes first steps at Washington Zoo, weeks after caretakers nursed her back to health from respiratory disease

  • Baby tamandua, named Liana, was born on April 23 with a respiratory condition
  • Restored to health by vets at Washington’s Point Defiance Zoo
  • Visitors will have to wait a little longer to see her at the site, zookeepers said

This is when an adorable baby tamandua takes his first steps at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington, weeks after zookeepers recovered her from respiratory illness.

Footage shows the pup, named Liana, crawling and sticking out her giant tongue.

It comes after she was nursed back to health by vets who discovered she was suffering from a respiratory condition that caused her to lose weight rapidly.

This is when an adorable baby tamandua takes his first steps at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington

This is when an adorable baby tamandua takes his first steps at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington

It comes weeks after zookeepers nursed the pup, named Liana, back to health from a respiratory condition.

It comes weeks after zookeepers nursed the pup, named Liana, back to health from a respiratory condition.

Officials said baby Tamandua, born on April 23, had doubled in size in recent weeks and now weighed 1.8 pounds.

She managed to gain weight again after zookeepers gave her supplemental food and gave her a course of antibiotics.

But zookeepers said she wouldn’t be seen in public anytime soon as she is still being cared for by her mother.

They added that if she was strong and confident enough to do so, Liana would appear alongside Terra and Father Gonzo.

Liana was nursed back to health by vets who discovered she was suffering from a respiratory condition that caused her to lose weight quickly

Liana was nursed back to health by vets who discovered she was suffering from a respiratory condition that caused her to lose weight quickly

Officials said baby Tamandua, born on April 23, had doubled in size in recent weeks and now weighed 1.8 pounds

Officials said baby Tamandua, born on April 23, had doubled in size in recent weeks and now weighed 1.8 pounds

She is expected to be nursed for at least five or six months, but will start trying solid foods, including insects and fruits, from two to three months.

Footage shows veterinarians closely monitoring mother Terra during her pregnancy to ensure a safe delivery of baby Liana.

To keep Terra quiet, her attendants fed her whipped cream from a bowl while conducting ultrasound tests.

Liana is expected to be nursed for a minimum of five or six months, but will start trying solid foods, including insects and fruits, from two to three months.

Liana is expected to be nursed for a minimum of five or six months, but will start trying solid foods, including insects and fruits, from two to three months.

The pup was named Liana after a woody creeper that hangs from trees - fitting because tamanduas are excellent climbers

The pup was named Liana after a woody creeper that hangs from trees – fitting because tamanduas are excellent climbers

The pup was named Liana after a woody creeper that hangs from trees — fitting because tamanduas are excellent climbers.

Terra’s last pup, named Chiquita and born in August 2018, lived with her parents until late last year, when she was moved to Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, Washington DC.

Tamanduas are a type of anteater native to South and Central America with tongues that can grow up to 16 inches in length.

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