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Aardwolf is a Hyaenidae Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game, the manga, and the anime.
Aardwolf has white and black hair tied into a messy ponytail - while mostly white, it fades into black at her forelock and is completely black from the ponytail onwards. Her eyes are dark grey/black.
She has a white sleeveless dress shirt with a black striped pattern and a breast pocket on the right side. With it, she wears a black flat-bottom tie and similarly-striped evening gloves, the latter of which fade completely to black towards the hands.
Below these, she wears black denim shorts torn at the hem, and the rest of her legs are covered by thigh-high stockings with the same stripes and black fading as her gloves. She wears black shoes.
Aardwolf also retains the tail and ears of her animal counterpart; furthermore, the black colourations on her gloves and stockings can be seen to resemble the black sections of the animal's limbs.
In Real Life
The Aardwolf is an insectivorous relative of the hyena residing in East and Southern Africa. Unlike hyenas, an aardwolf's teeth are not suited for eating or hunting large prey. Instead, they primarily feed on a diet of termites and other small insects, utilizing their long sticky tongue to capture them. It is one of the only 18 species of mammals to do so. Additionally, the nocturnal nature of the Aardwolf also correlates with the foraging behavior of their primary source of food, the Hodotermes and Trinervitermes termites.
The aardwolf mainly makes its home in arid, open plains and dry bushlands. These regions are incidentally also where the most prolific occurence of Hodotermes and Trinervitermes termites take place. Being monogamous, aardwolves spend each year in a collection of dens, usually numbering up to a dozen, which were abandoned by their previous inhabitants. They mainly communicate through anal gland scent markings, which they rub on foliages to either attract mates or establish territories. They rarely make vocal communication, in contrast to the spotted hyena.
The aardwolf has a distinctly thick mane, which they raise during confrontations in an attempt to appear more menacing. Aardwolves will pursue any trespasser to their dens for up to 400 meters, although they are neither adept runners nor skilled at fighting off other predators. Aardwolf mortalities are usually caused by confrontation with other carnivores.
- The aardwolf's name means "earth wolf" in Afrikaans and Dutch.
- Aardwolves do not consume carrion, but can sometimes be seen observed eating beetles and larvae off decaying animals.
- Aardwolves dedicate an area within their territories to their waste, called "middens".