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Rock Hyrax

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Rock Hyrax Classification and Evolution
The Rock Hyrax is a large species of Hyrax, most commonly found in Eastern Africa. They are also known as the Rock Dassie or the Rock Rabbit, due to their rodent-like appearance but despite this, they are thought to be most closely related to much larger animals including the Elephant and the Manatee. Although obviously much smaller than their distant ancestors, it is the teeth and bone structure of these animals that relates them to one another. The Rock Hyrax though, is such a unique mammal that it is classified in an order of it's own, along with it's subspecies known as the Yellow-Spotted Hyrax, and the two Tree Hyrax species, which although are very similar in appearance, spend most of their time in the trees rather than on the ground.

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Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2013 9:38AM
Lovely capture, with a most descriptive narrative. Peter.

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ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
23 Oct 2013 9:50AM
Great capture Dave, they really are cuties...they also live on the very top of table mountain and are fearless of heights.
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
23 Oct 2013 10:29AM
They are all over the place Smile In Mossel Bay they are fairly tame and allow one to feed them Smile
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2013 12:17PM
New to me Dave and a lovely image you've managed here.
You seem to have seen a wide variety of wildlife on your trip
and returned with a complete port folio of excelelnt images.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
23 Oct 2013 12:33PM
They're posing beautifully for you, Dave.

mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
23 Oct 2013 1:42PM
Not seen these before Dave !!
Interesting shot.
23 Oct 2013 3:07PM
Nice image. First time i saw them on table top mountain in cape town during my visit to SA last november. I was surprised to learn that they belong to elephant family.
AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2013 3:10PM
I've never seen these either - what cute creatures! Well taken Dave.
johnlw 9 1 10 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2013 5:01PM
A lovely capture.
Regards John.
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
23 Oct 2013 5:10PM
Never seen these before - excellent!

Alda Plus
4 70 30 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2013 6:58PM
I saw lots of them growing up in South Africa GrinGrin
rogerfry 11 543 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2013 7:58PM
Cute little one of the camps we stayed at a few years ago, they had a "resident" hyrax that used to come and check what was left on the tables after the evening meal.
Nicely portrayed........and many thanks for the UA.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
28 Oct 2013 11:15PM
They are such comical little creatures, I like the smug expression on the face of the one on the left

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