A Well-Furred, Rotund Mammal: The Hyrax.

The Hyrax is a rather remarkable creature. To begin with, this rotund mammal pulls off the Fearsome/Cuddly daily double just as convincingly as the Tasmanian Devil, and the Tiger Quoll (See Large-ish Carnivorous Marsupials post). This is no mean feat. But when coupled with the fact that this Well-Furred fellow inhabits the same taxon family as the elephant (!) and, for god’s sake, the sea cow (!!)…one is left with no choice but to sit on the edge of a cliff, and contemplate…

Marabou Stork!!

This massive, vaguely sinister bird oft seems to be pondering disastrous scenarios for those located anywhere nearby. According to Wikipedia, “It is sometimes called the “undertaker bird” due to its shape from behind: cloak-like wings and back, skinny white legs, and sometimes a large white mass of “hair”.”

Postscript: We are proposing the inclusion here of the closely related Greater Adjutant stork.