| Tammy the anteater to greet fans in London Zoo late-night walkabouts|
|Like any celebrity, Tammy will have a minder when she goes to meet and greet on a walkabout among her adoring public.|
At London Zoo, where she is expected to be a star attraction during a series of late-night events, the minder's job will also be to protect her from being trampled to death.
The 12-year-old tree-climbing anteater – or tamandua – is unquestionably a show-stopping beauty, but she has a potentially dangerous combination of liking an after-hours stroll around the public walkways of her Rainforest Life enclosure, an extremely friendly nature, and very poor eyesight – all attributes that could put her at risk as the public are allowed in after hours at the zoo on Fridays throughout the summer.
Keeper Caroline Westlake said the minder's role would be "to gently guide her around our evening visitors".
Southern tamanduas, such as Tammy, hail from northern and central South America.
They eat ants, termites and bees, but generally it is their sensitive noses, and not their eyes, that guide them to their food.
Staff at the zoo are hoping that the later hours will help visitors see Tammy at her best.
Westlake said: "They are most active in the mornings and evenings, making Zoo Lates the perfect opportunity for visitors to see Tammy scaling the branches and investigating her home. We're now keeping our fingers crossed that the A-list treatment won't result in any diva-like behaviour."
The zoo will be open for adults-only evening sessions until 10pm every Friday in June and July. Given that one of the features will be a new wine bar in the gardens, it could be that the footsteps of some visitors could become as clumsy as Tammy's: the minder will endeavour to ensure that their paths do not cross.