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Sunday, 24 July 2011

Aardvark

The Aardvark is the first animal listed in the dictionary.

The word 'Aardvark,' originally written as 'aardvarken' comes from South African Dutch, which became Afrikaans. The aard- part is the Dutch word aarde, which means “earth” and comes from the same Germanic stock as the English word. The -varken part means “pig."

About two feet of the aardvark's length is its tail.

An aardvark’s ears may be 10 inches long.

Aardvarks live across Africa in savannas, open grasslands, woodlands, and scrub.


Although similar in appearance and diet, anteaters and aardvarks are not related.

In the Afrikaans language ‘aardvark’ means ‘earth pig.’

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