Zoo announces birth of giant anteater baby

Roger Williams Park Zoo released this undated photo of a baby giant anteater born July 25, 2014.

Roger Williams Park Zoo announced the birth of a baby giant anteater Thursday.

The male baby arrived July 25. It is the third offspring of Corndog and Johei.

Zoo staff said the first six months of life for anteaters can be a challenge.

The zoo also noted that the birth of a male is important because few males are in the captive breeding program.

Visitors to the zoo may see the baby hanging onto Corndog's back. Giant anteater babies spend most of their first year clinging to their mothers.

Giant anteaters eat up to 35,000 termites and ants a day.