They are very cute ... but I thought you said "rock daisies"! :) I've never heard of them, thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Nawitka, they are indeed cute. They're also known as rock hydraxes, and other members of the hydrax family live elsewhere in Africa and in the Middle East.
Now perhaps these are "rock daisies"! ;)
This is an entirely new species to me, Marilyn. And they don't look at all like rock wallabies! More research to be done. Thanks for the introduction.
I'm not surprised that they're unfamiliar to you, Ian. I didn't know about them until our trip. They appear in rough, rocky places the way picas and marmots, etc., do in some other parts of the world.
They are members of the hydrax family, and here's a bit of Wikipedia trivia that deals with a misconception that I've heard and even passed on:
Hyraxes are widely stated to be the closest living relatives of elephants. This is not so. Though both are within the cohort of mammals known as Afrotheria, the Hyrax is not the closest living relative of the elephant. Elephants (Proboscidea) and hyraxes (Hyracoidae) are both more closely related to manatees and dugongs (Sirenia) than they are to one another.
What a weird and wonderful world we live in! Marilyn
Simpatico questo animale a me sconosciuto, sembra un incrocio tra un orsetto lavatore ed una marmotta, good shot! Marco from Italy.
Thank you, Marco. They reminded me of marmots. Greetings from Canada. Marilyn
Beautiful photo! LIKE.Yor gallery is very good,i added you to my friends list.
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