Welcome to Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope! I’m Carl Kerby and, today, we’re going to talk about the aardvark’s ability to eat insects even when its dinner is fighting back!
Think about it… if we were to eat live insects using just our tongue, the ones we didn’t grab would bite us, sting us, and even climb into our eyes, nose, and ears to try to make us leave them alone.
The aardvark, however, is prepared for this. It can close its nostrils so dinner can’t climb into its nasal passages, which would not only hurt, but would also cause it to sneeze! And, that just wouldn’t be pretty! It would blow its lunch all over the place!
But, how about that sticky tongue? If the aardvark is using it to catch 50,000 insects a day in dirty tunnels, wouldn’t it dry out after just a few usages?
Oh, and we haven’t even talked about the aardvark’s amazing burrows yet!
But… our time’s up so we’ll have to talk about that in the next Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope. Until then… stay bold!