Aardvark means 'earth-pig' in Afrikaans. They are very secretive animals so very little is known about their way of life. 



Little is known about the aardvark's breeding habits because of its secretive lifestyle. We do know though that their gestation lasts for seven months, and that the young are born just before or during the rainy season, when food is most plentiful. At birth, young aardvarks weigh about 2kg, and after about two weeks, they are able to go with their mothers on foraging trips. They remain with their mother for about six months, by which time young aardvarks are capable of digging their own burrows, though they may still remain with their mothers for a little while longer.

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