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Creature Feature – Vlei Rat

Tourism promoters don’t usually go out of their way to brag about the rat-viewing opportunities available in their country or region. They would rather devote space in their glossy brochures to airbrushed images of snarling leopards, yawning lions and bellicose elephants.

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Creature Feature – Monitor Lizard

Monitor Lizard The earliest recorded instance of a monitor lizard being kept as a pet comes to us in the form of a story from the borderlands of India and Bangladesh. Dawa, the founder of a clan of the Garo tribe, captured a baby water monitor and put it in a cage.  On each of the days that...

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Creature Feature – Hedgehog

Hedgehogs Shakespeare had a low opinion of hedgehogs. He placed them in the same category as “spotted snakes with double tongue” and other unsavoury witch’s assistants.  It was well known back then that hedgehogs stole hen’s eggs and invaded barns at night to steal milk from cows.  Little wonder...

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Creature Feature – Pangolin

It is difficult to understand where nature was going with the pangolin. A possible explanation is that she took a rare day off about fifty million years ago, around about the time she was working on the Carnivora – cats, dogs, bears and those sorts of animals. Maybe she left a junior assistant in...

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