Fanaloka first sighted born in the United States makes his debut at the Nashville Zoo

Zookeepers at the Nashville Zoo recently welcomed the first known spotted fanaloka born in the United States, footage released Friday, May 13, shows. The male cub was born on April 29 to a pair of rare light-bearers who recently arrived at the zoo. Fanaloka – which are related to mongooses – are native to the lowland and rainforest areas of Madagascar and were listed as “vulnerable” species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in 2016 due to deforestation and hunting. The nocturnal species is considered the second largest predator in Madagascar, with a diet consisting of small mammals, reptiles, aquatic animals, bird eggs and insects. “We are honored to have them here and to help preserve this vulnerable species,” the zoo said on their Facebook page Friday morning. Credit: Nashville Zoo via Storyful