Anteaters are perfectly designed to perform the function they are named for: with long front claws for ripping apart termite mounds, tube-like snouts and long sticky tongues, form really does follow function in this beast. Although giant anteaters – which is what ours is – have to eat an enormous number of ants just to keep alive, they are able to flick their two-foot tongue approximately 150 times a minute to pick up their tiny food. The collective noun for a group of anteaters is a parade.

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