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13 of the cutest tree-dwelling animals in the world

By: Bryan Nelson on June 3, 2013, 5:34 p.m.
A silky anteater with its tail wrapped around a branch

Photo: Quinten Questel/Wikimedia Commons

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Silky anteater

Sometimes also called the pygmy anteater, these animals are much different from terrestrial anteaters. They're tiny by comparison, for one. Plus they have prehensile tails, which helps them to navigate life in the trees. They're also ridiculously cute. Found in Central and South America, silky anteaters are most often found in ceiba (silkcotton) trees, which also could explain why their golden coats are so silken and beautiful.

Though it has some intimidating claws, the silky anteater only really uses them for climbing and self-defense. The animal is quite harmless when it's not being directly threatened.