Do You Know What The Closest Relative Is To the Dassie?

Animal Pictures - Dassie looking up at Bettys Bay South Africa

When you are around rocky areas in South Africa, you will most likely see a few dassies running around. I myself find them too cute with their pointy nose and those button ears.

Dassies live in groups of 10 – 80 animals, they are generally most active in the mornings and evenings and their most striking behaviour is the use of sentries. One or more animals take up position on a vantage point and issue alarm calls on the approach of predators, making it hard to get close to them to take attractive dassie portrait shots.

As so many other animals though, dassies are quite used to being around humans in touristy areas, which has the advantage of making it easier to take a dassie photograph ; )

Would you have guessed that the closest living relatives to the dassie are the elephant and the manatee?

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