Fascinating Furry Works


 High in the mountains live the wild goats,
  and the rocks form a refuge for the hyraxes.
Psalm 104:18
hyraxHyraxes are fascinating little furry mammals that appear to be a relative of the elephant only because of their unusual incisors which look like minature tusks. They actually look more like a guinea pig. 

These Rock Badgers, Conies or Dassies as they are sometimes called live primarily in Africa and the Middle East.  They are common in Israel and many references to them are found in scripture. Some English translations of the Bible call hyraxes rabbits, hares, badgers or conies.  Actually, Proverbs 30:26  refers to them as one of the four things on earth that is “little but wise.”

Whatever they are called,they do indeed seem “wise” as the Bible says, for these little creatures form in groups of 10 to 80 and use sentries to stand guard over their “herd”.  The sentries issue a warning signal, which is a high pitched shrill sound, that tells the others to escape to their rocky hiding places if a predator like a leopard, python or large bird is seen.
Actually Adult Hyraxes have about 21 different vocal signals they can use to signal danger and their sounds are often called “songs”.
I would say these little unusual animals are indeed one of God’s fascinating works.

O LORD, what a variety of things you have made!
  In wisdom you have made them all.
  The earth is full of your creatures.
 
Psalm 104:24

To learn more about Hyraxes check out these links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_Hyrax
http://www.awf.org/content/wildlife/detail/hyrax

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