One of the most delightful creatures to happen upon in the veld is the Cape Ground Squirrel, (Xerus inauris) a rodent which is endemic to South Africa. Their antics are wonderful to watch. They are predominantly herbivorous, feeding mainly on roots and bulbs excavated with claws and front teeth, although this one  is nibbling on grass seeds.

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  1. While standing as if in prayer, he seems to looking around for the rest of the congregation . (My perspective: no pews in our church; lots of sneaked looks for a spot on a bench in the back.)


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