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Anteater Named Tammy Gets Own Minder At ZSL London Zoo

07/06/2013 09:14 BST | Updated 06/08/2013 10:12 BST

A short-sighted, somewhat clumsy anteater has been given her own minder at ZSL London Zoo.

Famed for her friendly disposition, 12-year-old Tammy enjoys ambling around the public walkways of her exhibit.

But as the zoo hosts a series of late night events, there were fears Tammy, who enjoys early morning and late night wanders, could be trampled by visitors.

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Tammy the anteater is friendly - but clumsy

Hence the tree-climbing anteater will be escorted as she meets and greets her fans during her evening walkabouts.

Keeper Caroline Westlake said: "To make sure she can go about her business exploring Rainforest Life, we're providing Tammy with her very own minder to gently guide her around our evening visitors.

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The tree-climbing anteater is 12-years-old

"We're now keeping our fingers crossed that the A-list treatment won't result in any diva-like behaviour!"

Zoo Lates, which starts on Friday, sees thousands of post-work revellers descend on ZSL London Zoo for an adults-only Friday night out.

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