A is for AARDVARK
The first of our Twelve Thousand Words
Where else could we begin but with this remarkably cute Double A? The
aardvark (Orycteropus afer) – literally “Earth Pig” (but not in any
way a pig)- is a nocturnal anteater, native to Africa. The collective
noun for aardvarks is an armoury.
And as you can see above, in baby form they look rather like wingless dragons.
Its eternal enemy is the army ant, there was an even a movie made to
commemorate their famous rivalry, entitled (ingeniously) The Ant and
the Aardvark. This includes the memorable line “believe me, it’s no
fun being an aardvark. I’d rather be a banker.” Other famous aardvarks
include Cyril Sneer from the Raccoons, and Arthur. The Egyptian God
Set is also said to be part-aardvark.
We’ll end our ode to aardvark by directing you to Philip Schultz’s
poem “Aardvarks“, which features the also-splendiferous word “jitney”,
and sharing Kenn Nesbitts “The Llama and the Aardvark”
The llama loved the aardvark.
They were married in the spring.
They had a dozen babies
and their babies loved to sing.
So people came from miles around,
and this is what they saw:
twelve little baby llaardvarks
singing llaa llaa llaa llaa llaa.