Meet The Cutest Animal You’ve Never Heard Of

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    Ever heard of an aardwolf? If the answer is no then prepare yourself for the cutest animal you never even knew existed.

    It comes from the same family as the hyena, which explains why they look so similar, but unlike their bone-chomping cousins, aardwolves prefer to munch on termites, much like an aardvark (the word “aard” actually comes from the Dutch word “aarde” by the way, which means earth).

    They’re native to East and Southern Africa, where they live in underground burrows. They often don’t dig the holes themselves however, preferring to inhabit abandoned burrows of other animals. They’re shy and nocturnal creatures, although during the winter they’ll conserve energy by sleeping at night and feeding during the day. They have long sticky tongues which they use to lap up thousands of termites. A single aardwolf can eat up to 300,000 termites per night! An adult aardwolf grows to roughly the same size as a fox, and being monogamous creatures, they stay with the same mate for their entire lifetime. Did we also mention they were super cute? Well, they are. Scroll down to see for yourself.

    This little critter is a baby aardwolf

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    The adults are just as cute as the babies

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    Aardwolves come from the same family as the hyena, but these guys have mohawks!

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    Unlike their bone-chomping cousins, aardwolves prefer to munch on termites

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    They’re nocturnal creatures and they live in underground burrows in East and Southern Africa

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    Scientists once thought they were solitary creatures, but actually they’re very family oriented

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    They often don’t dig the holes themselves however, preferring to inhabit abandoned burrows of other animals

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    They have long sticky tongues which they use to lap up thousands of termites

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    A single aardwolf can eat up to 300,000 termites per night!

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    An adult grows to roughly the same size as a fox

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    Being monogamous creatures, they stay with the same mate for their entire lifetime

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