Meet The Aardwolf Which Is The Most Adorable Little Wolf

Meet The Aardwolf Which Is The Most Adorable Little Wolf

Mother nature never ceases to amaze us with its stunning beauty and adorable creatures. We will never know how many unrevealed surprises are yet to disclose. There are plenty of adorable creatures all over the world which can steal your heart at the first sight. Today we are going to talk about one of those adorable creatures, the aardwolf, which is the cutest wolf you probably never heard of.  

Meet The Aardwolf Which Is The Most Adorable Little Wolf

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The aardwolf is an insectivorous species of hyena, which is scientifically named Proteles Cristata. 

Aardwolves are native to East and Southern Africa. The word “aardwolf” means “earth-wolf” in Afrikaans and Dutch. They are also called ‘Maanhaar-Jackal’, ‘Termite-eating hyena’, and ‘Civet Hyena’. 

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There is a prominent reason for calling them Civet Hyena, let’s know what that is. 

They have a habit of secreting substances from their anal gland and this characteristic is similar to that of African Civets. 

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Meet The Aardwolf Which Is The Most Adorable Little Wolf

The appearance of the Aardwolf.

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The Aardwolves have a slender muzzle and black vertical stripes on a coat of slightly yellowish fur. They have a long and distinct mane down the midline of the neck and back. One or two diagonal stripes down the fore and hind quarters can be seen along with several ones on their legs.    

Meet The Aardwolf Which Is The Most Adorable Little Wolf

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Unlike its other family species, the Aardwolves do not hunt large animals. Instead of that, they eat insects and their larvae, mainly termites. It is estimated that one aardwolf can lap up as many as 300,000 termites during the night. Their long sticky tongue enables them to catch termites and is also tough enough to withstand the strong bite of termites. 

The Aardwolves are nocturnal, and they rest in burrows during the day and emerge at night to seek food.

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Meet The Aardwolf Which Is The Most Adorable Little Wolf 

Aardwolves are found in open, dry plains and bushlands while they avoid mountain areas. 

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The Areas, where the termites of the family Hodotermitidae occur, are the most occurring areas of the Aardwolves, due to their specific food requirements.

Meet The Aardwolf Which Is The Most Adorable Little Wolf

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There are two distinct populations of the Aardwolves, one in Southern Africa and the another in East and Northeast Africa.

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