Something small and furry living in the Drakensberg mountains??

Its taken a while for the museum to capture an ice rat Otomys slogetti on film. On a trip to the southern Drakensberg in the vicinity of the hamlet of Rhodes a chance encounter with this mammal happened at an altitude of 2650 m amsl.

These creatures are diurnal, terrestrial and social and are known as ‘ice rats’to the people of Lesotho as they are sometimes seen basking on clear days when there is snow about. They are mostly associated with rocky habitats and adults of both sexes are the same size.

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