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Haiku 149

An odd looking beast

Like a rabbit, but not quite

Tiny little toes


I do like Dassies, also known as Rock Rabbits, or Hyrax. You’ll find them on the top of Table Mountain and in various other places around South Africa. Their natural habitat is at high altitude in rocky terrain, where they can hide from predators in crevices.

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When we have stayed at various Nature Reserves around South Africa, I have always been amused to see them sitting in the bushes! It was as odd as seeing a rabbit up a tree. They have large soft pads on the soles of their feet, which help them grip rocks, or branches. They would also appear on our stoep at breakfast time, to share in the morning biscuits!

However, they are related to elephants, not rabbits; their closest relative being the African elephant.

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We found these ones at the World of Birds wildlife sanctuary in Hout Bay, Cape Town. I don’t remember seeing them here before, so it was a pleasant surprise. They had just been fed fresh leaves too.

They are uniqueΒ and fun little animals. Here is a short clip of Dassies calling, and here of urban Dassies.



33 thoughts on “Dassies

  1. lydifeline

    Cutest things I’ve ever seen!~ Thanks for Sharing! You are moving into Spring and Summer! We are now into Fall!
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    1. scifihammy Post author

      They are certainly very odd! I think it’s the teeth and other stuff that they use to relate them – and elephants came from small mammals a long time ago. πŸ™‚

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  2. Herman

    Thank you for posting this photographs. I have never heard about Rock Rabbits. Strange they are related to elephants… I’m wondering if Jimi could be friends with them… πŸ˜‰

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      hahaha I love it when our dogs react to a video – and it just shows that the little Dassie’s alarm call works well! πŸ˜€


  3. Murphy's Law

    Never heard of Dassies before. Thank you for introducing them to us. Really interesting videos. These roly-poly little guys look like fun. What great visitors you have!!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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