I love daissies (the South African name for rock badgers, aka hyraxes). Not only are they cute, they’re also mentioned in the Bible, in both Proverbs and Leviticus. In Proverbs they are an example of the surprising power of something that seems weak (Proverbs 30:26 “The rock badgers are a people without power, yet they make their home in the rocks” NRSV—I’ve reflected on them before). In Leviticus, they are identified as an unclean food (Leviticus 11:5 “The rock-badger, for even though it chews the cud, it does not have divided hoofs; it is unclean for you” NRSV).
You may have heard of the Big Five Animals of Africa—lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. I’m choosing my Small but Mighty Five. Dassies make the cut.
We saw these dassies on our hike today on the Waterfall Trail in Tsitsikamma National Park at Storms River. These two watched us pick our way along the trail. This one wasn’t interested
I can’t help it. I saw this dassie and thought of this painting
The Waterfall Trail was beautiful. In addition to dassies and great views of the ocean, there were beautiful plants, like these aloes.
The trail led to this waterfall.
We sat by the falls for a while, then made our way back past the dassies.