Posts tagged aardwolf
Posts tagged aardwolf
This blog in the past month totally looks like the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1929-32. Nothing like the Tumblr activity feature to bring a smile to your face.
Aardwolves - taken at the Rare Species Conservation Centre, Kent on 4th September 2011
You know what this blog hasn’t had lately? Aardwolves.
Just watching some nostalgiarific cartoons on YouTube and I came across this. I thought, “Wow, this is a really spot-on parody of Batman: The Animated Series. They really nailed the animation style. And, hey, those names that flashed by looked familiar…” So I look up Bruce Timm, and he created Batman: The Animated Series. Then I looked up this episode of Tiny Toons, and it aired two years before Batman premiered.
B.T.W. Art Vitello’s name was familiar because he later adapted Ben Edlund’s The Tick into a cartoon. And the Tiny Toons segment also references Frank Miller and the cover of Detective Comics #1 and aardwolves. It’s just too much…
"Aardwolf" by Karen Ackoff.
Here’s a cute aardwolf photographed by Greg Hume. Like the thylacine of Australia, the aardwolf and its cousin the hyena are unrelated to wolves, but came to occupy a wolf-niche in a wolf-free region. This is called convergent evolution. Dutch settlers gave it the name “aardwolf” or “ground wolf” because of its underground dens. I can’t help but wonder why, since regular wolves also live in underground dens. It would be like calling a buffalo a “land cow.” Incidentally, “aardvark” means “ground hog” (not “groundhog”).
Get to work, Disney.
Photo by Nigel Dennis of Africa Imagery.
The Aardwolf (Proteles cristata)
The aardwolf is, if not the coolest wolf, at least the most underrated. It’s not even a wolf, which makes its accomplishments all the more remarkable. The aardwolf is more closely related to the mongoose than the wolf. What’s more, it survives by eating bugs. Yet, working within these constraints, the indominable aardwolf thrives. In the order Carnivora, the aardwolf is first in the alphabet and first in style.
Photograph by Phil Richardson of Africa Wildlife Films.