Baby Aardvark at Brookfield Zoo

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Baby Aardvark at Brookfield Zoo - as part of the series on pets and animals by GeoBeats.

An aardvark was born at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago on January 12th, 2012. Hi, I am Sheri sharing
this wonderful story about aardvarks.

Weighing less than 5 pounds at birth, the calf gained nearly 10 pounds within weeks after being
nursed by mom Jessi and care and support from zoo's staff.

Many people are fascinated by these beautiful and unusual looking creatures but few know much about them.
They are native to sub-Saharan Africa. Being mostly nocturnal, they hunt for food using their hearing and sense of smell.

Using their powerful legs, they can traverse miles looking for food. Long noses help them detect the scent of food.

They mostly eat termites and ants. As soon as they detect food, they use their spoon-shaped claws to dig several feet within seconds. In a single day, they can eat as many as 50000-90000 insects.

While digging, their long ears enable them to listen for predators.

While they may look unusual to us, it seems that the nature has designed their bodies perfectly for their natural habitat.