Anteater ‘Mary Jane’ laps up breakfast honey on Good Morning Mississippi

BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - Today on Good Morning Mississippi, we met another exotic animal that now calls South Mississippi home- Mary Jane the Tamandua anteater!

Also known as the ‘Lesser Anteater,’ Tamanduas originate in South American rainforests. They eat around 9,000 ants a day, live for around nine years, and are around 10 pounds when full-grown!

Mary Jane spent her time on GMM lapping up honey with her 16-inch tongue and foraging for ants in her blanket. Bad news for Mary Jane, good news for us: No ants were located on the GMM set.

You may be wondering where Mary Jane gets her name... Tamanduas have an incredibly strong stench, smelling 10 times stronger than a skunk!

Mary Jane is just one of the animals you can meet on a Wild Acres tour. Wild Acres offers private, hands-on tours and encounters Wednesday-Sunday from 12pm - 6pm, by appointment only.

Learn more about Wild Acres and the different animal experiences they offer at wildacresms.square.site/

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Flora Dedeaux

Flora Dedeaux

Flora Dedeaux was born and raised in Gulfport, Mississippi. She graduated from Mississippi State in 2022 with a communication degree, concentrating in broadcast and public relations and minoring in marketing.