Friday, February 13, 2009

The Ever Elusive Rock Hyrax

Rock Hyrax, Procavia capensis. The Rock Hyrax is a shy little creature. You would never guess that it is the last closely related cousin of the bold and enormous elephant. They are native to Eastern and Southern Africa where they live in the protection and shelter of large rocks which shield then from the hot afternoon sun and hungry eagles. This little Hyrax has ventured out on a cool Winter day to bask in the sun. Shortly thereafter, a plane flew overhead which spooked our little Hyrax back into hiding.

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