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Zoo Shows off Baby Aardvark

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OMAHA (KPTM) - Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo is showing off a new member of the zoo family.

A baby Aardvark was recently born at the zoo, and was shown off Thursday morning. The little calf weighs a little over five pounds.

Aardvarks are rarely found in captivity. The aardvark calf birth is part of a special breeding program.

Omaha's Zoo has two adults, Annie and Alvin, on display in Kingdoms of the Night. The adult aardvarks are taken on walks by keepers to get their daily exercise.

Aardvarks originate from Africa, anywhere south of the Sahara Desert. The color of their skin can vary from shades of gray, pink and brown. They have thick skin and weigh between 100-125 pounds as adults. They are nocturnal and sleep in burrows. Aardvark diet at Omaha's Zoo consists of a commercially prepared insectivore diet.

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