Friday, March 16, 2012

The Snout of the Aardvark

This week's final animal is the aardvark, whose name is derived from the Afrikaans for "earth pig" and though it also sometimes called an "anteater" (which it does do), it is related to neither pigs nor the South American anteaters.  These burrowing nocturnal creatures only sustenance besides ants and termites is the aardvark cucumber which relies on the aardvarks to dig them up and scatter the seeds.  As a side not that I feel I must mention, part of the inspiration to include the aardvark in this micro-bestiary comes as a result of recently rereading the entirety Dave Sim's comic series, Cerebus.

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