1810G. BarringtonAcct of Voy. 323The creature called the ant bear..feeds upon them (ants); and as his tongue..can be suddenly darted out to a length of two feet, he imbibes a great number of these little insects at once.
1835J.W.D. MoodieTen Yrs in S. Afr.I. 254The ant-bears, which are much better furnished with strong claws for penetrating the indurated clay of a dry climate.
1876T. Stubbs Reminiscences. 7Many a poor Settler nearly broke his neck by tumbling into Ant Bear holes, that were covered with grass.
1907J.P. FitzpatrickJock of Bushveld 245Once they caught an ant-bear in the open, and there was a rough-and-tumble.
1911P. GibbonMargaret Harding 81Paul’s store was an abandoned ant bear’s hole across which there trailed the broad dry leaves of a tenacious gourd.
1924G. Baumann inBaumann & BrightLost Republic (1940) 112They were discussing the enormous speed at which an ‘erdvark’ (ant-bear) dug itself in.
c1936S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 1101The ant-bear (orycteropus afer)..is an animal with a long body, some 6 feet in length, sparsely covered with black hair. Its snout, ears and tongue are also enormously long, and its legs and tail strong and short; the former being well adapted to digging. It lives upon insects and nearly every ant-heap in the Karroo has a widely gaping mouth on its Southern side, this point of attack being selected by the aard vark.
1967E.M. SlatterMy Leaves Are Green 181I came round a thick bush and there, at the side, was a big hole made by Isimbamgodi (the antbear).
1970Evening Post 20 Oct. 3An African hunter apparently suffocated after chasing a small buck down an antbear hole.
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