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Aardvark (Orycteropus Afer)

A native nocturnal animal of South Africa, which is considered an anteater, but actually not related to that or any other species.

Aardvarks grow to a considerable size, adults measuring as much as 1.7 metres in length and nearly 100 kilos in weight.

It was given its name by Dutch colonists - this literally means 'earth pig'. From a culinary point of view the flesh is considered good, and resembles pork.

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