Tuesday, August 24, 2010

ABC Wednesday: G is for Gundi

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This is a Common Gundi (Ctenodactylus gundi), a species of rodents living in North Africa. They are about the size of a guines pig and feed on all kinds of plants, getting all their moisture from their food.
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Gundis hide in rock crevices at night and during the hottest part of the day. They live in family groups of up to a hundred individuals.
Pictures taken at the Tierpark Berlin.
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22 comments:

RuneE said...

This was a new one for me - thank you for teaching me! :-)

Leo said...

u know, Gundi in native tongue here means chubby :D and the rodent is for sure, a bit chubby.. :)

another educative post, Ook :D thanks for sharing!

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Sylvia K said...

And I learned something new today, too! And what a cute little guy he is! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Carver said...

Great shots of the gundis. I've never heard of them before.

Rumya said...

This was something new for me. Thank you for the knowledge. They sure look cute!! :)
Have a great week!!

Nanka said...

This was something new I learnt today. Never seen or heard of Gundis. In my mother tongue, Gundis mean cute. Usually associated with children and these little ones do look cute!!
Have a great week!!

Rumya said...

This is something new I learnt today. Thank you for sharing the Gundis. :)
Loved them!! They sure are cute!!
Have a great week ahead!!

Paula Scott said...

Never knew about these either! I wonder if the natives seek them out for food as Peruvians do with guinea pigs (kind of a creepy thought, but then again, people do need to eat).
They are so cute and furry.

Kay L. Davies said...

I'd never heard of gundis, either. Do people ever have these cute chubby (thanks, Leo) creatures as pets? I love their ears, like nothing I've ever seen before.

Roger Owen Green said...

I didn't know this animal EITHER!
Cool.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

MorningAJ said...

They're cute!

EG Wow said...

What a cute little face! This is the first time I've heard of a gundi.

Tumblewords: said...

Interesting! They resemble our gophers or ground squirrels. Great photos!

Gramma Ann said...

I must say, I never met a Gundi before. Thanks for sharing the Gundi.

Manang Kim said...

My first time to hear about the word "Gundi", I used to call rodent as rats or mice ^_^ I learn something today!
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Wanda said...

Now he's cute!! Glad to learn about another of God's creation.

photowannabe said...

The Gundi has funny little ears. I never heard of this animal before. Interesting that it gets all its water from plants.

Vernz said...

ooo, this is the first time I ever knew of this wonder... thanks for this post...

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Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

new to me too - great shots of 'em

jabblog said...

I've not heard of the gundi before but he's typically rodent-like. Unusual ears. Great shots :-)

Francisca said...

What a cute furry thing! I don't know much about animals, so this is fun to learn by the alphabet. I really like the elephant shrew photos, too. Thanks! :-)

Mom vs. the boys said...

oh,its kind of cute in a weird way. I've never heard of it!