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Orphaned Baby Aardvark Scores A Vet & Several Dogs As Surrogate Moms

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Gertie is one lucky little aardvark. When she was separated from her mother, a good Samaritan found her and surrendered her into the care of ZURI Orphanage in Tsumeb, Namibia.

Veterinarian, Dr. Erika de Jager – the orphanage’s founder – was delighted at the prospect of bottle-raising the little baby. Aardvarks are quite elusive in the wild and the vet was eager to have one to look after.

Gertie, Spokie and Dexter and Matani…

Posted by ZURI Orphanage on Friday, November 4, 2016

 

Gertie was weak and dehydrated with sores all over her feet when she first arrived at the wildlife rehab…

But under Dr. de Jager’s care she began to flourish.

The very best place in the world…

Posted by ZURI Orphanage on Friday, November 18, 2016

 

Once feeling better, Gertie turned out to be quite a handful – albeit an adorable and incredibly lovable one!

Tough life…

Posted by ZURI Orphanage on Thursday, December 22, 2016

 

She has a voracious appetite for her kitten-milk formula and, being nocturnal, she demands plenty of beauty sleep during the day – which means she’s up all night looking to play!

Tough living in Africa…

Posted by ZURI Orphanage on Monday, November 21, 2016

 

She sleeps on a variety of snuggly dog beds propped full of pillows most days…

After a hard day of sleeping and drinking milk…

Posted by ZURI Orphanage on Monday, November 28, 2016

 

But if it’s too hot, she’ll also curl up in the bathtub for a snooze.

Maybe life is not so tough living in a house…

Posted by ZURI Orphanage on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

 

Aside from meal times, Gertie’s favorite parts of the day are her frequent romps around the orphanage property with Dr. de Jager’s dogs, Spokie and Zarah.

Spot the odd one out…

Posted by ZURI Orphanage on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

 

“Gertie will follow Zarah and just walk with all the dogs,” de Jager told The Dodo. “They will often lick her and she will follow them.”


Another one of her pals named Dexter is teaching Gertie how to dig – a vital skill she will need when she grows up and starts hunting for delicious termites back in the wild.

Dexter teaching Gertie how to dig or the other way around??? My bet is on Gertie…

Posted by ZURI Orphanage on Thursday, November 10, 2016

 

Being just 4 months old, Gertie still requires constant supervision and frequent feedings, so she accompanies Dr. de Jager on her rounds as a local veterinarian. One of her frequent stops is a nearby horse farm where two more of Gertie’s best friends reside – Jack Russell Terriers, Krummel and Zettie.

I would love to know what Zettie is “scheming”…

Posted by ZURI Orphanage on Monday, December 5, 2016

 

For Krummel, it was love at first sniff, but Zettie wasn’t quite sure what to make of the strange pink-gray creature with the long snout and goat-like snorts.

Gentle Gertie…

Posted by ZURI Orphanage on Monday, December 5, 2016

 

Once she realized that the odd little aardvark was just a playful baby like herself, Zettie quickly joined in on Gertie and Krummel’s shenanigans.

I would like to think that Zettie is telling the world what a great new friend she has… I love this photo – she is so happy…

Posted by ZURI Orphanage on Monday, December 5, 2016

 

Eventually Gertie will be big and strong enough to be released back into the wild, but Dr. de Jager says she still has several months before she will be ready. She has yet to even transition onto solid food.

After spending about 700.00 on different types of baby bottles and teats because she would not drink, she now drink out of a coke bottle and a lamb teat…about 10.00 worth…

Posted by ZURI Orphanage on Sunday, October 30, 2016

 

It may seem sad to think about Gertie leaving behind her beloved canine pals, but adult aardvarks are actually solitary animals who rarely interact socially. Reintroducing her back into her natural habitat is what’s best for Gertie in the long run.

Ok seems like everyone likes to sleep at night except me…

Posted by ZURI Orphanage on Thursday, December 15, 2016

 

For now, though, Facebook followers of ZURI Orphanage can look forward to delightful photo and video updates of Gertie and her canine pals enjoying their time together!

H/T to The Dodo

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Written by Dina Fantegrossi
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