Wednesday, December 3, 2008

AARDWOLF [ärd’wŏŏlf]

South African carnivore, Proteles cristata, a member of the hyena family. It has striped coat and bristly mane and is rarely more than 40 inches (101.6 cm) long and 20 inches (50.8 cm) high. A creature of the plains and bush country, the aardwolf feeds at night, sleeping troughout the daytime in the abandoned dens of other animals. Its diet consist almost entirely of termites. When frightened, it releases a foul smelling fluid from its anal glands.

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