The name ant-eater is also given to the pangolins and to the aardvark.
They got him in the hole like an aardvark, with a bush over the mouth, so you couldn't see it.
aardvark 1833, from Afrikaans Du., lit. "earth-pig" (the animal burrows), from aard "earth" (see earth) + vark "pig," cognate with O.H.G. farah (cf. Ger. Ferkel "young pig, sucking pig," a dim. form), O.E. fearh (see farrow).