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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...

 
Sadurian Mike
638488.  Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:58 pm Reply with quote

PWuM agrees with you;

Prof Wind Up Merchant wrote:
Rather cute, got very close to one in Kenya 6 years ago.


I am still wondering where that relationship went.

 
indigo fugit
638494.  Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:30 pm Reply with quote

Sadurian Mike wrote:
PWuM agrees with you;

Prof Wind Up Merchant wrote:
Rather cute, got very close to one in Kenya 6 years ago.


I am still wondering where that relationship went.

.
perhaps they just drifted apart like Kate and Peter....

 
Sadurian Mike
638496.  Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:38 pm Reply with quote

Society is so hard on such pairings.

 
Jenny
638687.  Fri Nov 20, 2009 11:21 am Reply with quote

Not that you're biased, rockhyrax... welcome to QI :-)

 
markvent
662178.  Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:34 pm Reply with quote

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Tailormaneinafog
844125.  Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:32 am Reply with quote

Yes, believe it or not some barmy individual is claiming that the photo of the Dartmoor beast is a look-a-like for a giant hyrax. Interestingly, giant hyraxes are thought ot have existed in the distant past and some reached the size of a pony apparently. Dartmoor Beast Identified As New Species Of European Giant Hyrax?

 
Jenny
844137.  Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:06 am Reply with quote

Good grief - as if a giant hyrax would be a) alone in the world and b) so far undiscovered. Barmy. Definitely.

Welcome Tailormaneinafog -)

 
Zebra57
844271.  Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:57 pm Reply with quote

Hi TMF and welcome. The various beasts around Bodmin, Dartmoor etc have been described as some wacky creatures, but a giant hyrax is beyond my imagination. It is almost like a "Goodies" sketch.

 
CB27
844276.  Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:19 pm Reply with quote

This came to mind:

http://youtu.be/XcxKIJTb3Hg

 
Tailormaneinafog
844352.  Wed Sep 07, 2011 8:54 am Reply with quote

Nice to meet you all. It's a classic isn't it. One good enough for the tv show imo.

I'll see what else I can find

 

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