Conservation work on…

Figure 1: Here it is with two claws missing...

Figure 1: Here it is with two claws missing…

Yesterday and today I’ve been working on ‘brushing up’ one of the objects that is going
to be displayed on the new ‘Nature’s Library’ gallery.  Can you guess what it is?

Figure 2: Here it is with claws reattched (using PVA glue)

Figure 2: Here it is with claws reattched (using PVA glue)

Figure 3: I gave it's fur a good brush!

Figure 3: I gave it’s fur a good brush!

Figure 4: And it's feet too! (using IMS and cotton swabs on skewers)

Figure 4: And it’s feet too! (using IMS and cotton swabs on skewers)

Any guesses?  What if I told you that in Afrikaans (clue) it’s name means ‘earth-pig’ (though it’s not a pig)?

Figure 5: Under wraps- the animal was wrapped for being frozen following removal from the old mammals gallery (due to pest management reasons).

Figure 5: Under wraps- the animal was wrapped for being frozen following removal from the old mammals gallery (due to pest management reasons).

Well if you haven’t guessed already here it is in full glory…

Figure 6: It's an aardvark! (the peg on the ear is to hold in place a tear which I'd glued back together).

Figure 6: It’s an aardvark! (the peg on the ear is to hold in place a tear which I’d glued back together).

Aardvarks are burrowing, nocturnal animals that ranges right across sub-Saharan Africa.  It feeds almost exclusively on ants and termites and is a living fossil.  It has an ancient lineage (before modern eutherian (placental) mammal groups emerged) and is the only extant member of its order,  Tubulidentata.

And for those of a certain age the cartoon character Arthur is an aardvark; as is Cyril Sneer from the Raccoons!

I think it’s a fascinating animal, and a great addition to Manchester’s new ‘Nature’s Library’ gallery (coming soon!)

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I will be writing a blog about the next twelve months spent as a trainee biological curator based at Manchester Museum.
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4 Responses to Conservation work on…

  1. I remember Cyril Sneer- and his trio of pigs!

  2. Anna Collins says:

    I failed to guess what it was. It looks great – good work.

    On Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 1:31 PM, Trainee Biological Curator wrote:

    > ** > Trainee Curator posted: ” Figure 1: Here it is with two claws > missing… Yesterday and today Ive been working on brushing up > one of the objects that is going to be displayed on the new Natures > library “

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