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Meet the newborn aardvark at Chester Zoo for the first time in its 90-year history!

An Aardvark was born at Chester Zoo on January 4. This is the first aardvark birth at Chester Zoo. It is a very important milestone. Therefore, the zoo authorities were very happy. Conservationists found it hiding with eight-year-old mum Oni and six-year-old dad Koos after it was born.

With large drooping ears, hairless wrinkled skin and giant claws, this calf is raised by the handlers every evening. Zookeepers spent the night feeding the aardvark calf every few hours for about five weeks.But it’s also sad that animals are evolving to have babies successfully in captivity.

The zookeepers have nicknamed the calf Dobby because of its resemblance to the much-loved Harry Potter character Dobby.

Aardvarks, native to sub-Saharan Africa, are threatened with habitat loss as a result of agricultural development there. Due to this, there are many cases where they constantly have conflicts with the local farmers. Aardvarks hunt them for their meat.

It has a long nose for detecting subtle scents and sniffing out nocturnal animals like ants and termites, and a 25 cm long tongue covered in sticky saliva. Aardvarks use their powerful long claws to damage termite homes and dig underground burrows for them to sleep in.

Aardvarks are a fairly secretive group of creatures, and are mostly active at night. So how they live their lives is unknown to many people.

Keeping rare species like the aardvark in zoos enables us to learn more about their habitats, behaviors and other functions. The new aardvark cub has been linked to conservation breeding programs at a handful of zoos globally.

According to, Nature Knows

(Photos right to original owner)

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