Wildlife Wednesday - Aardvark

This week's animal is the aardvark.
Aardvarks are known as “earth pigs” or “ant bears”.
Aardvarks have ears like a rabbit, a long tongue like an anteater, large claws like a bear, and a tail like a kangaroo. They are related to none of these animals.   
Aardvarks are the only animal from the order Tubulidentata. Their closest living relative is probably the elephant.

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Aardvarks have poor eyesight, but excellent hearing and sense of smell.
Aardvarks love to eat termites. They can eat 50,00 in a sitting.
Aardvarks can grow up to 2 ft tall at their shoulders and weigh 110-170 pound.
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Aardvarks have very strong claws. They use their claws to dig up termite mounds and to quickly dig burrows to escape predators.
Aardvarks also use their claws as a weapon, going on to their backs to lash out with all four feet. They also defend themselves with their thick strong tails.
Aardvark by Kradlum, on Flickr
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I love aardvarks! Don't you think they are adorable?  They're at the very top of my list of animals I want to see in person. I've yet to visit a zoo with an aardvark on exhibit, but I'm looking forward to the day I do.

felt aardvark ornament
I can't write about aardvarks with out mentioning our Squshies aardvark Nigel. Don’t ask Nigel to pick a favorite color, he just won’t choose, he loves all the colors