Monday, September 18, 2006


Some people have asked what's a dassie (pronounced "dussee"). This is a family of dassies in Nambia - thanks to Jenny for the photo. Those of you who know me, may be able to see the resemblance.

Here is a good wiki article on them. I have always liked them cos they seem like fierce yet fun loving animals; reclusive yet social. Their habitat is rocky - mountain or seaside - my favourite places.

Yes, they may be the closest living relative of the elephant. Ancient fossils indicate that these diminutive modern versions are much smaller than their giant ancestors. That's another reason I like em - great family connections.

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