PHOENIX — The Phoenix Zoo has lost its 28-year-old anteater, Ebenezer.

Zoo officials say Ebenezer was euthanized because his health had declined significantly.

A Facebook post Tuesday by the zoo called Ebenezer “a special boy” who enjoyed sticking his tongue inside his keeper’s pockets and ears.

According to zoo officials, the anteater fathered 12 offspring, 31 grand-offspring and has 118 descendants, including 40 now at zoos in Europe.

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