1827G. ThompsonTrav. 50Our horses were in continual danger of falling or breaking their legs, from the innumerable holes of ant-eaters, porcupines, and jackals.
1827G. ThompsonTrav. 111We ran no small risk of being overset by the excavations of the great ant-eater, which were sometimes sufficiently large to admit a man and horse into them.
1834T. PringleAfr. Sketches 227The African ant-eater (orycteropus, or myrmecophaga capensis), called aard-vark, or earth-pig, by the colonists, from its habit of burrowing in the earth — a shy and timid creature, which lives entirely upon ants.
1847‘A Bengali’Notes on Cape of G.H. 80The ‘Aard-vark’ or ‘great anteater’ burrows the numerous holes found in the sands in the interior.
1871J. McKayReminisc. 15He fell up to his armpits into one of those large holes which have been formed most likely by some species of ant-eater, and which are plentifully scattered over the plains in this colony.
1929J.G. Van AlphenJan Venter 283‘It’s an aardvark,’ cried Grobbelaar. It was a hefty specimen of Cape ant-eater with a three-foot body, digging itself in.
c1936S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 1101The scaly ant-eater (manis temminchi) is found in Cape Colony, the Orange River Colony and to the North, and the porcupine is spread over Africa generally.
1959C. LagusOperation Noah 172Also known as the Scaly Anteater, the South African Pangolin is as peculiar in appearance as the Aardvark. It looks like a gigantic animated fir cone, with a thick tail added.
1985C. WalkerSigns of Wild (1987) 29Pangolin...Other names in English: Scaly Anteater, Temminck’s Pangolin.
1987Hit Feb. 14If you kill a scaly ant eater, you immediately cut off its head because a pregnant woman is not supposed to see it as she could bear a child with a similar head shape.