At the Zoo

Newborn Aardvark - This recent photo, supplied by the Detroit Zoo, shows a newborn aardvark
@jess368 (3368)
United States
December 29, 2008 8:55am CST
I saw this picture this morning, and thought it was too cute! So I decided to share with all my friends on Mylot! I hope you enjoy this cute animal! The Aardvark lives at the Detroit Zoo.
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
30 Dec 08
hi dear seems to be anteater type of think well never heard of it why dont u share pic of Adult Aardvark. and sure at zoo. u can have all styles of animals Take care
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
30 Dec 08
Adult Aardvark - Aardvarks live throughout Africa, south of the Sahara. Their name comes from South Africa's Afrikaans language and means "earth pig." A glimpse of the aardvark's body and long snout brings the pig to mind. On closer inspection, the aardvark appears to include other animal features as well. It boasts rabbitlike ears and a kangaroo tail—yet the aardvark is related to none of these animals.
The Aardvark is a medium-sized, burrowing, nocturnal mammal native to Africa. It is sometimes called "antbear", "anteater", "Cape anteater" (after the Cape of Good Hope), "earth hog" or "earth pig". The name comes from the Afrikaans/Dutch for "earth pig", because early settlers from Europe thought it resembled a domesticated pig. However, the aardvark is not closely related to the pig; rather, it is the sole recent representative of the obscure mammalian order Tubulidentata, in which it is usually considered to form a single variable species of the genus Orycteropus, coextensive with the family Orycteropodidae. Nor is the aardvark closely related to the South American anteater, despite sharing some characteristics and a superficial resemblance. The closest living relatives of the aardvark are the elephant shrews, along with the sirenians, hyraxes, tenrecs and elephants. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aardvark Aardvarks are nocturnal. They spend the hot African afternoon holed up in cool underground burrows dug with their powerful feet and claws that resemble small spades. After sunset, aardvarks put those claws to good use in acquiring their favorite food—termites. Average lifespan in captivity: 23 years Size: Head and body, 43 to 53 in (109 to 135 cm); Tail, 21 to 26 in (53 to 66 cm) Weight: 110 to 180 lbs (50 to 82 kg) Did you know? An aardvark's tongue can be up to 12 inches (30.5 centimeters) long and is sticky to help extract termites from their mound.
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
31 Dec 08
Hi Jess thanks for detailed reply and adding pic of Adult Aarvark, the ant eater See i told u it look likes anteater, yeah i have seen it b4
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
3 Feb 09
Hi Jess thanks for marking it as BR but u know i want u to rate my discussions as plus tooo
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@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
29 Dec 08
One of my biggest dreams has been to be able to visit a very big zoo. Not being able to get around very eazily I doubt it will ever happen so that's one reason I love to see pictures especially of animals I have never seen before. Thank You my friend.
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@jess368 (3368)
• United States
29 Dec 08
Your very welcome! Maybe one day you will be able to go too a huge Zoo, otherwise I will continue to post pictures periodically whenever I come across phots that are worthwhile!
@missybear (11395)
• United States
31 Dec 08
How cute I want one.
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• United States
24 Mar 10
i love aardvarks so much does anyone know the process i would have to go through to obtain a license to own one ive wanted one for like 3 years and cant find any information whatsoever about what is needed to own one id love to have one running around my house ^_^