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Baby Aardvark Walks For First Time At Antwerp Zoo In Belgium (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 01/25/2012 12:57 pm Updated: 01/25/2012 4:23 pm

Aardvarks may not be tops on your list of cute animals, but this video of a baby walking for the first time may just make you reconsider.

At two weeks old, it's too early to determine the sex of the animal, which staff at the zoo have named Nuru, meaning "light" in Swahili, according to the Telegraph.

The aardvark is only the 10th to be born in 50 years at the Antwerp Zoo in Belgium, according to the Guardian, making the footage all the more special.

For mother aardvark Curly, this isn't her first offspring. She previously had three other children, though unfortunately they died before reaching maturity.

Mother aardvarks have a hard time producing milk and sometimes accidentally kill or harm their infants with their long legs, according to the Daily Mail.

Living on a diet of termites, these creatures have sharp claws and an acute sense of smell, notes National Geographic.

Watch the adorable video ABOVE of the two-week-old aardvark at the Antwerp Zoo in Belgium and checkout the BELOW slideshow of other baby animals.

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  • Baby Black Rhino

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  • Orangutans

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  • Koala

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  • Gorilla Mother And Son

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  • African Penguins

    A group of African penguins gather near a pond at a conservation site in Cape Town, South Africa. Birdlife International say the African penguin is edging closer to extinction.

  • Endangered Tiger Cubs

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  • South Korea's Black Bears

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  • Madagascar Lemur

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  • Red Pandas

    Two-month-old twin Red Panda cubs make their debut at Taronga Zoo in March 2007 in Sydney, Australia. The cubs were born out of an international breeding program for endangered species.

  • Lin Hui

    China's panda is one of the world's most beloved but endangered animals. Lin Hui, a female Panda- on a ten-year loan from China - eats bamboo at Chiang Mai Zoo in Thailand in Sept 2005. Captive pandas are notoriously poor breeders.

  • South East Asian Monkey

    The Sydney's Taronga Zoo is home for this bright orange male infant monkey. This South East Asian monkey is highly endangered.

  • Night Monkey

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  • Tigers

    A six-month-old male Sumatran tiger cub rests under his mother careful watch at the National Zoo in Washington in October 2004. Sumatran tigers are endangered; fewer than 500 are believed to exist in the wild and 210 animals live in zoos around the world.

  • Elephants

    A baby elephant is pictured at the Singapore Zoo on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. Many elephants are threatened by habitat loss and listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List.

  • Polar Bears

    A sow polar bear rests with her cubs on the pack ice in the Beaufort Sea in Alaska. In 2008, the U.S. government described polar bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Due to dangerous declines in ice habit, polar bears are at risk of becoming endangered.

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