Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Doorway to a den

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Doorway to its den?
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This Rock Hyrax lives right near the shore of the Sea of Galilee, at Tabgha.
In Hebrew the Procavia capensis is called shafan sela (literally, "rock rabbit").
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They are also plentiful in the desert near the Dead Sea, e.g. at Ein Gedi.
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The D's are for ABC Wednesday D-Day.
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UPDATE! By happy coincidence Prof. Todd Bolen of BiblePlaces Blog also posted about hyraxes today.
Apparently the little critters are becoming a nuisance in Israel, migrating to the towns.
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22 comments:

Kim, USA said...

Do people catch and eat them? ^_^

ABC

Jane and Chris said...

I have only ever seen a rock hyrax once, in Kenya. Look a little like our groundhogs.
Jane x

ρομπερτ said...

Oh joy of shadow and coolness during midday.

Please have a good Wednesday.

Leslie: said...

Interesting looking animal. Hope you have a divine week,

Leslie
abcw team

Cloudia said...

My soul hides among the rocks!



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Dina said...

Kim, no, I never heard of anyone eating hyraxes. The Bible says they are not kosher.

UPDATE! By happy coincidence Prof. Todd Bolen of BiblePlaces Blog also posted about hyraxes today.
Apparently the little critters are becoming a nuisance in Israel, migrating to the towns.
It is a great source of current information, this blog, highly recommended!

Jo Bryant said...

they don't look like much of a meal LOL

PerthDailyPhoto said...

How lucky were you to catch him sticking his head out Dina, did you have to wait long? Why is it that all the cutest little creatures breed so quickly and thus become a pest!!

Karl said...

Very nice this "rock rabbit" and nice picture too.

Shooting Parrots said...

Your rock rabbits are relatives of the dassies we saw in South Africa. Hard to believe that they're relatives of the elephant!

Dina said...

Friends, thanks for your fun comments!

Perth DP, no, no waiting. The little animals are all over the rocks all the time.
In Ein Gedi they are even up in the trees!

Nefertiti said...

trop mignon ;O)

cocomino said...

How cute.My children also love him.

Francisca said...

I've never seen this darling creature before... but as has been said, too bad they become a nuisance!

Rob and Mandy said...

I worked in Ein Gedi, at the youth hostel and in the fields, for a few months. We used to chase them out of the orange trees.

VP said...

I am glad they do not eat these 'rabbits'...

crystal said...

He's cute - he does look like a groundhog :)

Kay said...

What an interesting looking animal. Now that's an animal that we don't see in Hawaii or even Illinois.

paula devi said...

Thank you for stopping to read and comment on my blog. If you come by again, which I hope you do, you will see a photo of my lovely Hula Valley home if u scroll down.
Shabbat Shalom gam lach.

Dina said...

Paula shalom. Yes, now I found your picture of Emek HaHula. Quite different from Florida, no?

JM said...

I love these guys! Have seen many in Kenya and South Africa (Table Mountain, Capetown).

Roger Owen Green said...

looks like he's guarding the lair
ROG, ABC Wednesday team