Our Plush Aardvark
Our wonderfully realistic-looking stuffed aardvark by Hansa is a toy that looks amazingly like a real animal. The plush aardvark is 12 1/2 inches from nose to rump. Its tail adds another 10 inches to its length, and the pink fabric-covered tongue is posable and holds its position when you move it. The tongue is about 1 1/2 inches long. It is sewn with soft plush fabric with extra-soft white tufts around the eyes, ears, and chin. There are four toes on each front foot and five toes on each back foot. This is a good thing, because aardvarks are known for digging! It has gentle hard plastic eyes (black pupils with a ring of gold for the iris) pinkish brown inside the ears. Our stuffed aardvark replica has a kindly expression and promises to snuggle next to you. This aardvark makes a wonderful gift for stuffed animal lovers and complements nicely any stuffed animal collection. The fabric is produced in small batches and is chosen especially for this animal. Each piece is hand-stictched in the Philippines by crafters willing to produce a unique item each and every time. Check out our other aardvark toys and gifts. Read more about Hansa stuffed animals and see our selection.
The aardvark is a unique-looking animal, looking something like a stretched out, hairy elephant with a shortened trunk, if you ask me. Other sources say that they look like a mixture of a long-snouted pig with rabbit-like ears and a kangaroo tail, and their name comes from South Africa's Afrikaans language and means "earth pig." Their scientific name is Orycteropus afer, and they are not a large animal. One would stand about thigh high to a six foot tall man. They are a native of Africa, from south of the Sahara. The aardvark descends from a prehistoric order of animals called Tubulidentata. The aardvark is the only remaining animal of this order in our day. It is a burrowing animal and roams around looking for his food during the night.
Aardvarks have strong feet and claws and use them to dig their sleeping burrows and in digging up mounds of termites and ants. Then they use their long, sticky, worm-like tongue to eat termites or ants from the mound. An aardvark can close its nostrils to keep dust and insects from getting into its snout, and the snout has thick skin to protect it from bites.
Aardvarks are mammals, and mother aardvarks usually have one baby per year. The offspring remain with their mothers for about six months before moving out to dig burrows of their own. They build extensive burrows with lots of openings like a mole does.
Many people call the aardvark an anteater, but it is interesting that their favorite food is actually the termite. Although we know that invasive (introduced) species cause a lot of damage and can displace native animals, it's fun to imagine bringing aardvarks to other countries for termite control. Can you imagine having one in your backyard to keep the dog company? It seems like this would be a great idea for all the fire ants that are taking over the world.
The ant and the aardvark made the Saturday morning cartoons in the 1970s. You can watch them on YouTube here. This may be why many people think that aardvarks only eat ants.
The Ant and the Aardvark was part of the Pink Panther series of cartoons that originally aired in movie theaters before the feature film in the late '60s and early '70s and then finally became part of the Pink Panther cartoon series later.
I'll bet you never knew that aardvarks were so popular at one time that they were the subject of a whole series of comic books in which the aardvark took on the roles of a barbarian, a prime minister, and the Pope, of all things! If you're interested in these comics you can read about them in Wikipedia.
Aardvark article by MJ Simmons - Writing, when not reading . . . or painting rocks
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