Also known as the "pygmy anteater" for its relatively tiny size, this arboreal species is fierce and feisty despite its adorable appearance. Native to Central America, southern Mexico and northern South America, these critters are expert clingers and climbers, with all five of their limbs being perfectly designed to function as gripping tools. While their hind legs bear four small but sharp claws, members of this species weild two much larger and thicker claws on each of their front legs. These front claws - which look almost like a pirate's hooks - are used ferociously to defend against predators when the silky anteater feels threatened. These mammals are solitary, slow-moving and nocturnal, with a diet consisting primarily of forest-dwelling ants. While the silky anteater typically eats up to 5,000 insects in a single night, it actaully only poops once a day! Interestingly, these creatures are known to prefer sleeping in silk cotton trees. These trees have seeds with fibers that resemble the color and texture of the anteater's fur, helping them to camoflauge and hide themselves from eagles and hawks. Female silky anteaters give birth to one baby at a time, which they carry around on their backs during the day and leave in a tree-hole nest lined with dead leaves when they go on the hunt at night. The silky anteater is considered to be a species of Least Concern.