Animals

An adorable aardvark thinks she’s a DOG after being raised as a family pet when she was rescued as a baby.

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Cute aardvark Gertie was brought to vet Erika de Jager’s practice in Tsumeb, Namibia, after she got separated from her mother and lost.

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The poorly mammal was dehydrated and near death, but Erika nursed her back to health – before deciding to keep her as a pet.

Gertie loves nothing more than playing with Erika’s eight dogs and going out for walkies – and she doesn’t realise she is any different to her furry friends.

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Erika, 54, who runs a wild animal orphanage, said: “Gertie is the second aardvark we’ve raised.

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“She’s just one of the dogs – I don’t think she or they know any different.

“Gertie sleeps next to my bed – aardvarks are extremely clean animals, and will never mess in the house.

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“As soon as she wakes up she walks to the door and we take her out, just like the dogs.

“Everyone loves Gertie – she loves going out for walks with me and the dogs.

“Gertie is very loveable and inquisitive, and she loves being around us.

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“The difficult part will be releasing her – she thinks she’s a dog, so we are saving to build her an enclosure so  she can stay part of the family, but still be semi-wild in nature.

“There is very little known about aardvarks, so it’s interesting for me to be able to observe Gertie as a pet.

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“Our house is always full of animals – I love them and I’m lucky to be in a profession that allows me to live my dream.”