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Nocturnal creature needs attention following an illness (3,4)

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ant bear

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Here is my best explanation:

'nocturnal creature' is the definition.
'ant bear' can be an answer for 'creature' (ant bear is a kind of creature). I'm not sure about the 'nocturnal' bit.

'attention following an illness' is the wordplay.
'attention' becomes 'ear' (ear is a kind of attention).
'following' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'illness' becomes 'tb' (TB is an example).
'an'+'tb'='antb'
'ear' after 'antb' is 'ANT-BEAR'.

'needs' acts as a link.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for ant bear that I've seen before include "Beat thoroughly", "Another term for aardvark", "Aardvark" and "beast".)

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