If you are an animal lover, then you will certainly like what you’ll see below. Dogs, cats, and pandas are not the only cutest animals out there. Prepare yourself to meet the cutest animal you never knew it existed. Have you ever heard of an aardwolf? The animal comes from the same family as the hyena, which explains why they look so similar. However, these cuties are nothing like their bone-chomping cousins. Aardwolves prefer to eat termites, much like an aardvark (the word “aard” actually comes from the Dutch word “aarde” , meaning ‘earth’).
These animals are native to East and Southern Africa, and they live in underground burrows. Interestingly, they don’t really dig their holes themselves, but inhabit abandoned burrows from other animals. They’re shy and nocturnal creatures. During the winter, they usually conserve their energy by sleeping at night and feeding during the day. You can easily recognize them by their long sticky tongues which they use to lap up thousands of termites. Can you believe that a single aardwolf can eat up to 300,000 termites per night? An adult aardwolf grows to roughly the same size as a fox, and they stay with the same mate for their entire lifetime. That’s quite the monogamous breed! Did we also mention they were super cute? Well, check out this compilation made by BoredPanda for yourself.
This little critter is a baby aardwolf.
The adults are also cute!
Although aardwolves come from the same family as the hyena, these guys have mohawks!
Munching on termites is their favorite food activity.
Source: Hennie van Heerden
You can find these cuties in the underground burrows in East and Southern Africa.
Scientists once thought they were solitary creatures.
Source: Ohange Namibia Lodge
They were wrong! The cuties are very family-oriented.
Source: Daryl Balfour
They use their long sticky tongues to lap up thousands of termites.
Source: Nigel J Dennis
Their fur is adorable.
Source: Cincinnati zoo
Adults grow the same size as foxes.
The cutest part? They stay with their mates for their entire lives!
Source: Gerard Lacz
And while we’re on the subject of cute animals, here are a few snakes that just happen to be adorable.