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Prof Wind Up Merchant
170263.  Fri Apr 27, 2007 3:42 pm Reply with quote

Closely related to elephants would you believe. Put that in your trunk of knowledge.

Hyrax

Rather cute, got very close to one in Kenya 6 years ago.

 
Jenny
170378.  Sat Apr 28, 2007 10:53 am Reply with quote

It doesn't look very friendly.

 
Lucwhostalking
170385.  Sat Apr 28, 2007 11:17 am Reply with quote

Or cute.

 
BondiTram
170464.  Sun Apr 29, 2007 5:48 am Reply with quote

Or elephantile

 
Mulvil
170499.  Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:01 am Reply with quote

must be a lot of static electricity in the air for that pic!

 
King of Quok
170724.  Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:29 am Reply with quote

They have a load of rock hyraxes at Colchester Zoo, in with the Colubus monkeys. They're also called 'dassies' I believe.

 
Sergei
170991.  Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:36 pm Reply with quote

That's what they call them in South Africa. They're pretty cute in real life, and surprisingly unafraid of humans.

 
Bondee
171379.  Tue May 01, 2007 3:36 pm Reply with quote

With teeth like that I'm surprised they're afraid of anything!

 
epicurian riddler
327525.  Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:41 pm Reply with quote

Early Phoenician navigators mistook the rabbits of the Iberian Peninsula for hyraxes (Hebrew Shaphan); hence they named it I-Shapan-im, meaning "land of the hyraxes", which possibly became the Latin word "Hispania", the root of Spain's modern Spanish name Espaņa and the English name Spain.

 
indigo fugit
327569.  Wed Apr 30, 2008 2:54 am Reply with quote

Prof Wind Up Merchant wrote:
Closely related to elephants would you believe. Put that in your trunk of knowledge.

Hyrax

Rather cute, got very close to one in Kenya 6 years ago.





Klaxon moment


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This post appears to be defunct but it can be found headed 'Elephants'

It is the sailors mermaid :-)

 
indigo fugit
330760.  Mon May 05, 2008 9:59 am Reply with quote

Prof Wind Up Merchant wrote:
Closely related to elephants would you believe. Put that in your trunk of knowledge.

Hyrax

Rather cute, got very close to one in Kenya 6 years ago.





The Dugong and the Elephant are kissing cousins; but have only a nodding relationship with the Hyrax

 
CB27
331358.  Tue May 06, 2008 6:54 am Reply with quote

epicurian riddler wrote:
Early Phoenician navigators mistook the rabbits of the Iberian Peninsula for hyraxes (Hebrew Shaphan); hence they named it I-Shapan-im, meaning "land of the hyraxes", which possibly became the Latin word "Hispania", the root of Spain's modern Spanish name Espaņa and the English name Spain.


Although Shpanim does mean rabbits in modern Hebrew now.

 
Droid
536207.  Wed Apr 15, 2009 7:24 am Reply with quote

I've been searching for my copy of The Bafut Beagles by Gerald Durrell to check this memory but have so far failed to find it.
In the book it states that you can sex the hyrax by rubbing the genital region. The males give off a smell similar to pear drops. It's not easy to sex the rock hyrax as the testes are internal.

 
samivel
536235.  Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:52 am Reply with quote

I wonder if that isn't a rumour put about by pent-up male hyraxes (or hyraces, if you prefer).

:)

 
rockhyrax
638452.  Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:34 pm Reply with quote

I've read they were once regarded as the closest living relative to the elephant, though they've been overtaken by the sirenia.

Lovely as manatees are, I believe hyraxes are the most beautiful relative. But then nothing is more beautiful than a hyrax...

 

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