Check out Nature’s cutest and best-kept secret: the Aardwolf.

Southern and Eastern Africa is home to many cute animals like this one. Aardwolves are usually the same size as a fox, and they have black stripes on their chest and on their legs that make them stand out. This isn’t all: They also have tufts of fur that stand up like a mohawk on their backs. Because hyenas are related to aardwolves, they like to get their food from the ground.

Aardwolves indeed love termites, and they can eat up to 300,000 of them in one night! People eat termites but don’t eat all of the termite mounds. Afterward, when everyone has had their food, they will remember where the mound is. So when the termites have built again, they’ll return to it and do it again. To get the termites, they use their long tongues to eat them.

Mostly, aardwolves live at night, and they’re shy animals who don’t usually get along with other animals. They live in burrows, but they don’t usually dig the burrows. Most of the time, they’ll find a burrow made by another animal and move in there.

Scientists used to think that aardwolves were alone, but they now know that they are very family-oriented. For their whole lives, aardwolves will stay with the same person. The female Aardwolf often gives birth to one to five cubs during the rainy season. The adult aardwolves are cute. But you’ll be in for a surprise when you see the babies!

They stay with their mother for the first six to eight weeks of their lives. When they’re about three months old, they’ll start foraging for food with the help of their parents, who will watch. It usually takes four months for them to be able to live on their own, but they usually stay in the den with their parents until the next breeding season. Then, they’ll go out on their own, and they usually won’t go back to their old home again.

When they want to scare away predators, aardvarks will howl and bark. But when they’re just talking to each other, they make soft noises called chirps.

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