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Small, furry and related to elephants! Four rock hyraxes born at Chester Zoo.
The tiny quartet arrived on July 25 after a seven month gestation, weighing just a few ounces.
As soon as rock hyrax babies are born they look like miniature adults – with their eyes and ears open and with the same coat - but despite being small in stature, the species actually has an incredible genetic link to the elephant.
Nick Davis, assistant curator of mammals at the zoo, said:
It’s quite an oddity but rock hyraxes and elephants share a number of common features.
For example a small mammal would typically go through a short gestation period but the rock hyrax is different, with pregnancies lasting over seven months (245 days) – highlighting a connection to their much larger relatives.
There are also other physical similarities between the two species, such as the shape of their feet and their continually growing incisors, which are reminiscent of an elephant’s tusks.
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