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QUESTION: Good day, during the last week a strange animal washed up at the slipway of the Zululand Yacht Club, SA. It was clear the body had not been in the water for a long time as there were no signs of decay. The body was a grey/black colour, and approximately 50cm in size. It had stronger hind than front legs, hands which indicated that it was not used for walking on (similar than chimpanzee hands). The hind legs were longer than the front legs (similar appearance than a kangeroo). It had ears similar to a hyena (big and round), with large eyes. The face was similar to a dag, with a sharp nose. It had a long tail, with fluff at the end. I do have photos of the animal which I can email if necessary. I have asked around and done some research, but cannot ID this animal. Please assist.


ANSWER: Dear Jacolette

Thank you for your question.

I think that the animal is a springhare. Please can you attach your photos to another e-mail and I hope I'll be able to confirm my suspicions.

All the best


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QUESTION: Hi there, its not a springhare. Much larger animal with BIG ears and eyes. How do I attach photos, or where do I get the email address to send to?


Dear Jacolette

I'm very sorry for the delay. It looks as if the reply I sent last month got lost in cyberspace as your follow-up is still in my inbox.

I can't think of any obvious answers to the mystery e-mail. You can either attach the photo to an AllExperts e-mail or to my e-mail address:

I hope you enjoy your festive season.

All the best


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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.


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