Aardvark, Antbear, Anteater * Erdvark * Orycteropus Afer

The Aardvark is a nocturnal mammal native to Africa. It has a long pig-like snout, which is used to sniff out food.
Pig Vark
A nocturnal feeder, it subsists on ants and termites, which it will dig out of their hills using its sharp claws and powerful legs. It also digs to create burrows in which to live and rear its young.

The aardvark is sometimes called the "African ant bear" or "anteater". An aardvark's weight is typically between 60 and 80 kilograms (130–180 lb). The greatly elongated head is set on a short, thick neck, and the end of the snout bears a disc, which houses the nostrils.

Aardvarks live for up to 23 years in captivity. Aardvarks can dig fast or run in zigzag fashion to elude enemies, but if all else fails, they will strike with their claws, tail and shoulders, sometimes flipping onto their backs lying motionless except to lash out with all four feet.

An aardvark emerges from its burrow in the late afternoon or shortly after sunset, and forages over a considerable home range encompassing 10 to 30 kilometres (6.2 to 18.6 mi). It takes up an astonishing number of insects with its long, sticky tongue—as many as 50,000 in one night have been recorded.