Importance of Natural Resources

Bizarre Rainforest Creature!

– I’m Coyote Peterson. Do you know what this
adorable little creature is? If not, stay tuned ’cause I’m about to tell ya’. (dramatic music) I think it’s safe to say that we all love baby animals. Look at that. That is a baby toucan. And when the Brave Wilderness
Team and I recently visited the Alturas
Wildlife Sanctuary in Domincal, Costa Rica it didn’t matter if
they were soft and fuzzy or feathered and squaky. (bird squak) We simply couldn’t get enough. This incredible sanctuary and its dedicated staff are helping animals almost
every hour of the day seven days a week and no matter what the species. One of their permanent
residents, Gonzo, the tamandua was absolutely fascinated
by our cameras. And while we could have
filmed an episode with him we also had the
unique opportunity to film with Beru the smallest tamandua
you have ever seen. Get ready for your
heart to melt. This might be the cutest animal we have ever featured
on Breaking Trail. This is Beru, my little friend. This little bizarre creature that has me on the run he is a lesser anteater. Better known here in Costa Rica as the tamandua. (playful music) And Beru was brought
here to the sanctuary after his mother was sadly
killed by a stray dog. Right now he’s in the process of rehabilitation, being nourished and fed
well every single day which will build up his strength and he will eventually be
released back into the wild. They do walk kind of awkward. This is an arboreal species and they’re usually
found up in trees. But when they come down
on the ground you can see that they kind of
just waddle along. That’s because they
have to tuck their claws underneath their hands so that they can walk. Very curious about this camera. He’s only a few weeks old and look at how well he climbs. Watch that, look at him get
up the side of that log. He’s got me on the run. And like all baby animals Beru here is extremely curious. Everything is new. Including GoPro cameras. This is some serious exercise. I’m sweating bullets in here. He’s got me running
around in circles. – [Voiceover] So is this a
large or a small tamandua? – [Coyote] This is a
small one right here. But they do get to be
about 30 pounds in weight when full grown. And about three feet in length. And two thirds of that length is usually in the tail. You can see how long
that tail is, oh, look at that, that’s a good
natural instinct right there. Exploring little
holes in the logs. What they feed on is
primarily termites and ants. But at this age, he’s
enjoying goat’s milk and fruit. And you’ll notice this
real distinct pattern watch as he walks up here. You see that? It almost looks like this
animal is wearing a vest. You have the real
dark coarse fur there and as he grows older this lighter fur will turn a yellow-ish tan. They’re very very
gorgeous animals. And the tail only ever
really has sparse front, almost looks like the
tail of an opossum. Hey Beru, come here buddy. Look at those claws. Now, they look menacing on an animal just this size. Imagine him being
three feet in length and weighing 30 pounds. Now, they use these
claws to tear apart termite mounds but they’re also
used to defend them against predators. Now you see how he can stand
up on his back legs like that? In the event that a
predator is to approach he’ll do this, right there. Rear up and show
you those claws. And then they will swing (whooshing noises) and like razor-sharp sickles if you try to
attack this creature you’re going to be in
some serious trouble. You see that, look at that nose. Just slightly curved, and
their mouth is very tiny. Just enough space
for them to stick out this very long tongue. His tongue is about
four inches long. And they use that
to lap up termites. They can sink it down
into little holes and it’s sticky, the
termites will stick right to the tongue and
then he sucks his food right back into his mouth. Look at how cute he
is, look he’s getting a little scratch right there. A little butt scratch
here, I’ll help ya’ out. Oh gosh, that’s the spot. My goodness. Nothing’s better than a
good butt scratch, huh Beru? Here you go buddy. All right. And, we’re off to the races. – [Voiceover] Where
you going Beru? Uh oh. – [Cotoye] He found Mario. He we go. – [Mario] I’ve got
no ants in my pants. – [Coyote] Oh, how
adorable is that face? (laughing) My turn. Come on Beru, this direction. Come on. Let’s go this way. And what we ultimately
want to happen is for Beru to released back
out into the wild. And as soon as he
gets a little older and a little healthier he will be released. Look at that. Look at that balance. Let’s see, come here. Let me look at you. Goodness, oh, he
likes the microphone. He sees that and
he thinks, hmmm, is it possible that
that is a termite mound? Beru is only a few weeks old. And if he was still living
in the wild with his mother he would spend the
first year of his life relying on her for survival. With his mother gone Beru’s future is now in the hands of humans. He is fed several times a day. Gets plenty of exercise. And the staff at
Alturas is confident that he will one day return to the wild. Well, how excellent was this? Spending the morning palling around with
a baby tamandua. I’m Coyote Peterson. Be brave. Stay wild. We’ll see you on
the next adventure. (gentle music) The Alturas Wildlife
Sanctuary’s helping injured, orphaned, and overly domesticated animals every single day. And the work is
incredibly challenging. If you would like to help
further their mission of rescue, rehabilitate, and release make sure to visit the website to make a donation or become a part of
the volunteer team. So many adorable animals. Which one do you think
was your favorite? Did you catch the
episode about the Mexican Hairy Dwarf Porcupine? If not, make sure to go back and watch my hang out with Bud. And don’t forget, subscribe to join
me and the crew on this season of
Breaking Trail. Oooh, here’s another peanut. Ahhhh. Just kidding. That’s for you buddy.

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