Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mammals of Israel, stuffed

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While the grandkids were visiting, I finally had an incentive to go check out the old Nature Museum in Jerusalem's German Colony.
Here are some of Israel's most common mammals, all of which I have seen in the wild.

Once I met a big porcupine in the woods in the dark of night.
Luckily it was in a hurry to dig down into its burrow.
I could hear its quills rattling as it ran.

My old friend, the jackal.
So many of them here in the hills and even in my backyard.

One evening I saw from afar a hyena down at the spring.

And there are still wild boars, too!
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All for Camera Critters meme.
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17 comments:

diane b said...

I don't think I would like to meet any of them in the wild and I thought we had dangerous animals.

Birdman said...

I agree... night or DAY, I'll pass on meeting any of these out of zoos or museums. hahaha

cieldequimper said...

Fascinating.

I wouldn't mind wild boar stew...

Adullamite said...

There are a few wild bores around here also........!

Nefertiti said...

pauvres betes,c est sur que ca doit etre interressant a voir mais ca me fait quand mm mal au coeur de les voir dans cet etat...

bon dimanche et bonne semaine ;o)

Spiderdama said...

I was served a wild boar once, they said it was delicacy, not good!
Only the first can I meet in my neighborhood (in a very lucky day).

RuneE said...

Nice to see such animals, especially since none of them live here :-)

Robert Geiss said...

Apart from car drivers nearly no wild life over here.

Please have a good new week ahead.

VP said...

You know how much I like hyenas and jackals, but the porcupine and the wild boar are fine with me...

Sara said...

Porcupines in the Middle East? I've learned something new (again)! Somehow I always imagined they were North American animals...I've never seen a real one, they don't seem to live in Southern California.

Magia da InĂªs said...

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♡ Beijinhos.
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crystal said...

Wow - so many different animals in Israel. There are wild pigs and porcupines here in CA, but I've never seen them, and not any jackals or hyenas.

Museum dioramas are so interesting. I just try not to think about the stuffed part :)

Out on the prairie said...

We have a coyote,not Jackel.

This is Belgium said...

a bit like the pig art I posted today !!

Kay said...

That wild boar looks like it's smiling. I sure wouldn't want to meet up with a boar in the wild. The only time I've seen a porcupine is when it was escaping up a tree.

Sri Lanka Elle said...

i like

Pat said...

I never thought of porcupines as being animals that live in Israel! You have an interesting description of the porcupine's quills "rattling." I've never seen one in person.