Have you ever heard of the earth wolf? If the answer is no, get ready for the most adorable animal you didn’t even know existed.

It comes from the same family as the hyena, which explains why they are so similar, but unlike their bone-chewing cousins, terrestrial wolves prefer to savor termites, rather like an anteater (the word “aard” from its name in English “aardwolf”, comes from the Dutch word “aarde”, by the way, which means earth).

They are native to eastern and southern Africa, where they live in burrows underground. However, they do not normally dig holes themselves, but prefer to inhabit burrows abandoned by other animals. They are shy and nocturnal creatures, although during the winter they conserve their energy by sleeping at night and feeding during the day. They have long, sticky tongues that they use to catch thousands of termites by licking. A single earth wolf can eat up to 300,000 termites each night! An adult earth wolf grows to be about the same size as a fox and, being monogamous creatures, they stay with their same partner all their lives. Have we also said that they are super adorable? Well, they are. Continue down to see it for yourself.

This little bug is a baby of the earth wolf

Adults are as adorable as babies

The earth wolves come from the same family as the hyena, but these guys have ridges!

Unlike their bone-chewing cousins, terrestrial wolves prefer to savor termites.

They are nocturnal creatures and live in underground burrows in eastern and southern Africa.

Scientists used to think they were solitary creatures, but actually they are very familiar

However, they do not usually dig the holes themselves, but prefer to inhabit other burrows abandoned by other animals.

They have long, sticky tongues that they use to lick thousands of termites

A single earth wolf can eat up to 300,000 termites each night!

An adult grows to about the size of a fox

Monogamous creatures, stay with the same partner all their lives

 

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