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Tailless tenrec

Active in the late afternoon - fascinating creatures, part hedgehog, part piglet and perhaps a touch of womble. A keeper told me she really liked them, particularly the fierce individual which attacks the primate keepers! Paignton, February 19th 2012.

Tailless tenrec
gentle lemur, 22 Feb 2012
    • gentle lemur
      Apologies for the poor picture, but it's been nearly 40 years since I last saw this species :) - fascinating creatures, part hedgehog, part piglet and perhaps a touch of womble. They finally became active around 4 pm.
      A keeper told me she really liked them, particularly the fierce individual which attacks the primate keepers! Tenrec House next to macaques, Paignton, February 19th 2012.
    • Chlidonias
      Now I'm imagining the tenrec keeper taking it out on a leash and setting it on the chimp keeper! "Get him Tobermory!"
    • gentle lemur
      :D

      She actually called him 'Bitey' ;)

      Part of their fascination for me is that I can't help thinking that those early mammals that spent most of their time keeping out of the way of the dinosaurs' feet must have been a little like these tenrecs.

      Alan
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