Rock Hyrax Babies – level 3

07-09-2018 15:00

Rock hyrax triplets were born recently at Chester Zoo on July 19. The babies weighed less than 250 grams, which is about the size of a mango.

These small, furry mammals (which look a little like rabbits or badgers) have close relations to elephants despite their differences in size and appearance; one similarity is their two large incisors that grow like tusks.

In the wild, the rock hyrax lives in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula in rocky terrain. The animals communicate with one another by making up to 20 different noises.

Difficult words: incisor (a narrow tooth used for cutting), tusks (the very big ‘teeth’ of an elephant), terrain (land).

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