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The Aardwolf is a small mammal related to the Hyena.


Public domain image from Webster's Dictionary, 1911. full size image

The name means "earth wolf". Its scientific name is Proteles cristatus. It inhabits South Africa.

It looks like a small striped hyena, but with a more pointed muzzle, sharper ears, and a long mane down the middle line of the neck and back.

The aardwolf is nocturnal. It lives in the ground, burrowing its own holes. It is a carnivorous hunter and scavenger.