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Our Plastic Aardvark
Our plastic aardvark is made of slightly flexible hard plastic and measures 4 inches from nose to tail. This aardvark is part of a series of plastic toys that is hollow, allowing for a little flexibility. It is also very strong. The features such as the fur, hooves, and lips are well defined and easy to see. Its name ("AARDVARK") is moulded into the underside of the toy. This plastic aardvark is great for school projects, toys, novelties, animal collections, party favors and more. You can make an interesting shoebox diorama using this and other plastic creatures from our gift shop. Best of all, there is no mess, no feeding, and no tank or cage cleaning :) Be sure to look over our other aardvark toys and gifts.
Aardvarks (Orycteropus afer) are African mammals of a medium size that are most active at night and are good at burrowing into the earth. Their name, "aardvark," comes from the Afrikaans/Dutch language and means "earth pig." This unusual-looking animal has many names locally, including "antbear" or "anteater," although it is not a close relative of the anteaters of South America. Neither is it closely related to a pig, but is somewhat isolated taxonomically and is the only member of the order Tubulidentata. It is not a true edetate, although we've listed it with our edentates on the web site so that people could find it. As odd as it sounds, the aardvark is most closely related to elephant shrews, hyraxes, tenrecs and elephants. If we had put the aardvark in our elephant category, would you have found it? It's a strange thought!
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