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Cuteness Overload

Guinea Pig 1

It’s thirsty work – being so cute!

We saw this little Guinea Pig at the World of Birds wildlife sanctuary, Hout Bay, Cape Town.

Where were all the other little pogs, you ask?

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Oh, the usual place – sleeping in their food trays!



A Study in Orange

Orange Daisies 1

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Glorious daisies

Bright sunlight fallen to Earth

Radiating Gold


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Walking around Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, there are many wonderful sights to see:

Distant mountaintops, unusual and indigenous flora, works of art, a cool stream running through a shady dell;

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And turning a corner in the path, these iridescent, brightly coloured daisies.

I love Nature!


post script: I’m not entirely sure, but I think these flowers are what we locals call Cape Daisies, Osteospermum.



Dassies 1

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


Monkey See!

Squirrel Monkey

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In the canopy

I spot a squirrel monkey

Monkey see me too!



Visiting the World of Birds wildlife sanctuary in Hout Bay, Cape Town recently, we went inside the Squirrel Monkey enclosure to get up close and personal with the little monkeys.

It seems they were checking us out just as much as we were checking them out.