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Tree Hyrax

Tree Hyrax
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Copyright: Philippe Baudet (phibau) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 1 N: 93] (601)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 300 mm f4 + 1.4x converter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-24 15:28
Viewed: 3472
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
This friendly animal is a tree hyrax. As you can imagine seeing it, it is genetically a fairly close relative of the elephant.
Climber very skillful but awkward on the ground, it is most active at night, but this photo proves that it is not exclusively nocturnal. It is an omnivorous animal.
It is smaller than its cousin the rock hyrax (25-30 cm and 2-5 kg).
It is found in the south-eastern Africa, Congo and Angola.
One say that observations are rare outside of the mountains (Kilimanjaro and Meru), but the group I observed was really not shy. It is said that their nocturnal cry is "bloodcurdling", but I was asleep ...
Hint accrediting kinship with very large animals: the female gives birth to a single young after 8 months of gestation, which may be unique for an animal of this size.
Although inspiring sympathy, this animal has a big flaw (for the photographer): it moves all the time!

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-01-24 22:23]

interesting species similar to squirrel. i am seeing this species for the first time. good clarity and nicely taken with good introduction. tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-25 10:34]

Salut Philippe,un rencontre tres rare et une excellente capture malgre' la difficile position et lumiere aussi,tres joli petit ami! Mes compliments et belle soiree',Luciano

Hola Philippe; que belleza de foto la de este exótico mamífero, no importan los detalles de la toma ya que con solo este registro, es suficiente para que la toma sea una maravilla...felicitaciones...

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