PETER CHADWICK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PETER CHADWICK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Aardwolf (Proteles cristatus) caught in a gin trap. Mechanical traps, although cruel, are still legal in South Africa. The aardwolf inhabits the grasslands of eastern and southern Africa. It is a solitary and nocturnal animal that lives in abandoned aardvark burrows and grows to lengths of 80 centimetres. The majority of its diet consists of termites, which it licks up with its long sticky tongue, but it will take other insects, bird's eggs and occasionally small rodents. Its large ears enable it to hear termites moving underground. Photographed in Uniondale, South Africa.
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