Meet The Aardwolf, One Of The Oddly Cutest Animals You Might Have Never Heard Of

Ever heard of an aardwolf? If not, then sit back and prepare to not only see another cute creature of nature but also learn some new information about it.

The name Aardwolf means ‘earth wolf’ in Afrikaans and stems from its supposed dog-like features and its dietary habits of eating termites. So highly adapted to eating termites, the aardwolf’s teeth, except for its canines, have dwindled to mere pegs incapable of even chewing meat. Its fangs are still well developed, and it uses them to defend its territory from other Aardwolves. (source: kurgerpark.co.za)

They occur throughout eastern and southern Africa, except in the south along the coast. These secretive and entirely harmless carnivores appear to have a wide habitat tolerance with a preference for semi-arid, open plains, savannas, and grasslands where it lives in burrows in the ground. There are two geographically separate populations of Aardwolve’s, one centered in South Africa and the other extending from central Tanzania northward to southern Egypt. Aardwolves are mostly found in the grasslands and scrubs of Botswana, Karoo, and the Northern Cape Province.

This little critter is a baby aardwolf

Image credits: arkive

Aardwolves are nocturnal, solitary foragers, only coming together to mate and rear young. They are sometimes seen in pairs or small groups. The Aardwolf has never developed a clan system like the spotted and striped hyenas because of their strict diet of termites. A single aardwolf can eat up to 300,000 termites per night!

The adults are just as cute as the babies

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

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

Image credits: Hennie van Heerden

Since the male and female Aardwolf are solitary, shy, and elusive not much is known about their social behavior, but it is believed that mating occurs throughout the year. It is about 15-20 inches from the shoulder to the ground. Its tail is 8-12 inches. The aardwolf usually weighs between 50 and 60 pounds. Gestation lasts for 90-100 days and 2 to 4 cubs are produced. When the cubs are weaned both parents feed them regurgitated termites.

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

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

Image credits: Ohange Namibia Lodge

The cubs are born blind and helpless. Both parents raise the young. The cubs rely on their parents for 16 to 20 weeks. The cubs spend six to eight weeks in the den. After that period, at about three months, the young aardwolves are ready to start foraging with one or both parents. They do that for about a month. At about four months, they start foraging on their own.

The aardwolf is a solitary animal, except when raising young. Several females with cubs may share a burrow.

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

Image credits: Daryl Balfour

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

Image credits: Nigel J Dennis

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

Image credits: Cincinnati zoo

An adult grows to roughly the same size as a fox

Image credits: Animals-Safaris

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

Image credits: Gerard Lacz

People Share “Unwritten Rules” of the Society That Everyone Should Follow, and Here Are 20 of Them

In order for us to function in a healthy society, there’s a set of unwritten rules we have to follow. Those are one of the things that no school teaches you, and at some point, you have to learn that yourself. Some call them good manners, some call them rules, or maybe just common sense.

However you name it, society has a rule book that ‘forces’ people to behave and be good to one another. In order to do that you have to be aware of these “unwritten rules”. Therefore, today we will share some with you.

One Reddit user asked a question: “What is one ‘unwritten rule’ that you believe everyone should know and follow?” And there were quite some people who shared their wisdom with the internet. People were listing things that should be common knowledge but for some reason aren’t, and it’s about time everyone learned them. Therefore, scroll down below to check out this list of “rules” we compiled for you. And if you know another one that hasn’t been mentioned, make sure to share it with us in the comment section.

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If I show you a picture on my phone, don’t go swiping sideways.- Soft-Problem

2.

Don’t watch loud videos on your phone at a restaurant. Can’t believe this isn’t common curtesy anymore. –

penguinmanbat

3.

If you borrow something, give it back in the same condition.- Ryastor

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If someone is giving you a ride you should be ready at the door before they get there. It’s so rude to have someone waiting on you when they are doing you a favor by picking you up. –Thatweirdboringdude

6.

Let us get off the lift/train before you try to barge on ffs – Melassia

7.

The last one to go to bed has to turn the light off. –Rebeca2277

8.

When you have a complaint with a retail store or business, please remember that the person you are speaking too (or yelling at sadly) is just the one that happened to pick up the phone or is standing at the till. they likely have nothing to do with what went wrong and have little sway in what can be done to help. They don’t need to be yelled and screamed at for something they did not do or is under the control of a corporate office/higher up.- sebastianrileyt2

9.

If someone is wearing headphones and is clearly keeping to themselves, leave them the fuck alone!-

Thetiredregular

10.

Put the shopping cart back where it GOES! –brock0124

11.

If you want to go for a hike and listen to music, come with earphones or headphones. Don’t blast loud music. – AgeOfWomen

12.

Quit pissing on public toilet seats. – kpeterson159

13.

When someone else is paying the bill you shouldn’t order something very pricey (it’s understandable if something expensive is the only thing you are able to eat) –yomomma1000

14.

The “wave” of thank you when someone lets you in while driving in traffic. Its just polite – dishyboii

15.

Double flush if you must. Nobody wants to see your poop crumbs. – jdward01

16.

Wear deodorant if you are out in public. –kyogre120·

17.

If someone can’t fix an aspect of their appearance in five minutes or less, don’t mention it.- greentea2727

18.

PERSONAL SPACE (even when not in a pandemic) – keri112493

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