After desperately trying to find her newborn, a mother tamandua, which belongs to the anteater family, was overjoyed when she located him a day later with the help of a caring group of animal rescuers in Costa Rica. The touching reunion was made possible by Refuge For Wildlife, an animal rescue organization that aids in the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned animals, so they can be reintroduced into the wild.
The rescue team saved the tiny tamandua who was found stranded without his mother. Generally, female tamanduas will leave their young hidden in the treetops of the forest while they search for food. The rescue team believe the baby had fallen to the ground while his mother was foraging.
The infant tamandua was discovered by a local resident, who brought the baby to the wildlife refuge, where he was given checkup and round-the-clock care. The infant tamandua was named Edwin, and his rescuers fed him milk, keeping him comfortable with a warm bottle. Since Edwin was only a month old, his rescuers knew that he needed his mother to survive. Luckily, she showed up the next day searching for him where he had been found.
The staff at the wildlife refuge promptly brought the baby to the area, while his mother waited in the trees, where she received her baby with open arms, as seen in the video above.
The IUCN Red List lists the tamandua as a species of concern. Though fairly common, they face several threats. In Ecuador, tamanduas are killed because locals sometimes falsely believe they are a danger to dogs. In other areas, they are hunted for meat or captured for the pet trade. They are also captured for the thick tendons in their tails, which are made into rope.
Founded in 1999, the Refuge for Wildlife has offered injured, displaced and orphaned wildlife from Nosara and the Nicoya Peninsula region of Costa Rica shelter for 20 years. In the beginning, the animals were brought to the Refuge for Wildlife from local areas, then from the entire Nosara region and now from all over Costa Rica.
Many of the arrivals include young orphaned howler monkeys. Other rescued species include squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys, and capuchins, as well as, exotic birds, margays, squirrels, porcupines, opossums, pizotes, raccoons, kinkajous, snakes, porcupines and bats.