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Aardvarks Dig Warthogs Out of Trouble

By Bart Wursten

Aardvark is an Afrikaans word that translates into earthpig.  It is mostly Aardvarks that provide the holes for warthogs to sleep and rest, as they are equipped with strong claws for digging into the hard "concrete-like" mounds of termites.  Aardvarks dig those holes not only to look for food (termites) but also for shelter.  They often dig holes throughout their territorial range so they can use them temporarily for safety.  It is those temporary holes and the old dug out termite mounds that offer shelter to warthogs and many other mammals, birds, reptiles etc.


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