Awww ant that cute! Heartwarming images of baby anteater riding on mum’s back

These are the adorable images of a baby anteater hitching a ride on its mum’s back.

A newborn anteater hitching a ride on its mums back

A newborn anteater hitching a ride on its mums back

 The baby, thought to be only three-four months old, will cling onto its mother for the first year of its life, until it is able to explore and search for ants on its own.

 Photographer Wim Van Den Heever was lucky enough to spot the wild Giant Anteaters leading a photographic tour in Pantanal, Brazil.

A newborn anteater hitching a ride on its mums back

A newborn anteater hitching a ride on its mums back

 Wim, 43, from Pretoria, South Africa, said it was incredibly rare to spot mother and baby anteaters together in the wild, as they’re usually very shy creatures.

 He said: “The baby is riding on mum’s back as this is how anteater babies survive their first year.

A newborn anteater hitching a ride on its mums back

A newborn anteater hitching a ride on its mums back

 “There are a few reasons why they do this, firstly for safety from predators as they are camouflaged on their mum’s back.

 “But also so they don’t get left behind, as anteaters need to eat tens of thousands of ants a day to survive so as they move quickly from one termite mound to another the baby hitches a ride while its mum eats.

A newborn anteater hitching a ride on its mums back

A newborn anteater hitching a ride on its mums back

 “But it is not something you see often, they are very shy solitary animals. In fact, I only know of one other person who got the same shot.

 “I was on foot and we tracked them – they have very bad eyes but good ears and noses and I positioned myself downwind.

A newborn anteater hitching a ride on its mums back

A newborn anteater hitching a ride on its mums back

 “I stood very still and they came right up to me. They are unusual animals and it was great to get to see them in the wild.

 “The sun was setting and I just let the animal come to me, it was a great experience.”