Meet little Dassie | #WordlessWednesday

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Welcome to Wordless Wednesday!

It’s great to be back after a three-week hiatus. Natasha and I hope we will have many more linkups this week now that many of you are done with the #AtoZChallenge. Well, hopefully, and why not! B’coz, all it takes is a picture to link up and that’s no big deal because most of us have hundreds of photos that are ready to be shared with the world. It’s wordless alright but words are no deterrent. I usually do wordless, but this week, I’m breaking the rules because I want you to meet somebody. Somebody from another part of the world that you might like to meet. Are we good to go, then?


Everyone who has travelled will agree that leaving our comfort zones and reaching for the unknown teaches us so much, perhaps, way more than what we imagine in our wildest dreams. Two weeks back, when I was in South Africa, I met this little creature for the very first time—an amazing little nimble-footed rodent-like creature that we kept encountering every now and then as we trailed up rocky mountain paths. We were so taken in by these cute little creatures, especially my 13-year-old (who wanted to bring one home!) but being shy, they would hide behind crevices and we only barely caught their glimpse, as is evident in this picture. 🙂

Well, here’s the Rock Hyrax or the Dassie as they are popularly called in South Africa. It is the African elephant’s closest living relative, believe it or not, (yes, in spite of the size difference). The little rodent-like creature feeds on vegetation matter. They love basking in the sun on large rocks, particularly during mornings and late afternoons. Everywhere we went, especially outcrops of rock or cliffs or piles of large rocks or boulders, they were there! Aren’t they cute?

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New to #WordlessWednesday, but would like to join the fun? Here’s how you can join Natasha and me. This week we decided to leave the linky open for a fortnight. This was done with a view to encourage more participation from everyone. Hence, this week’s linky stays open until May 15th, Tuesday. You may add as many posts as you may wish. As we always say, the more, the merrier.

If you are game, here’s what you got to do—just follow our three easy steps:

  1. Post a picture that speaks for itself. It could be from your adventures, experiments, life’s quirky moments, travels or just plain random shots. Absolutely anything that stoked your being.
  2. We will be happy if you add our badge to your post and a backlink to the posts of the hosts. 
  3. Do read, comment and share all the posts linked here. 

Will see you again in two weeks’ time!

See you on the other side of the frame.

Happy #WW 🙂


  • Shilpa Gupte


    Done, Esha!

    Thank you for the nudge! I came up with a few ideas for the #WW that can relate to the theme of my blog, Metanoia! 🙂

    And, Daissie is cute!

    • Esha M Dutta

      So glad you joined us for #wordlesswednesday, Shilpa. I loved the picture you posted as it is very close to my heart too! The peace it exudes and the calm is just enough to bring in peace into my soul. Look forward to more pics from you, Shilpa.

  • Alice Gerard


    I love the picture. The animal looks so thoughtful! Thank you for the invite to #WordlessWednesdays. I have added my link!

    • Esha M Dutta

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Alice and so glad to have you joining us this week. 🙂 Look forward to more pics from you.

  • Lata Sunil


    The photo is fabulous.

    • Esha M Dutta

      Thank you so much, Lata. 🙂

  • Rajlakshmi


    They are so cute. From the picture it kinda looks like squirrel. I love encountering wildlife in our walks 😀

    • Esha M Dutta

      It is very much like one, from the angle I captured it but resembles a guinea pig more and is much larger in size. Amazing find and yes, it is wonderful getting to meet wildlife in such places.

  • Pratikshya Mishra


    So cute being. Love the pic. Again i would try to join, would love to, but i am bad at photography, don’t really know what to post.

    • Esha M Dutta

      It is, isn’t it, Pratikshya? Do join in…it really is very simple. Anything that is evocative…anything around you, from your everyday life, travel, anything that strikes your thoughts and “stokes your being” as the rules say…just anything. Would love to see you join in. 🙂

  • Sonia Chatterjee


    Beautiful click. Traveling exposes us to such wonderful facets of life.

    • Esha M Dutta

      Thank you so much, Sonia. You are spot on. Travel does that. I love collecting these moments to treasure later. Why don’t you join in for #ww too? Our linky is open until next Tuesday, btw. 🙂

  • Mahati ramya adivishnu


    Wonderful picture.

    • Esha M Dutta

      Thank you very much, Ramya. Awaiting your wordless pic soon! 🙂

  • Alana


    I’ll be posting tomorrow (it’s still Tuesday where I live in the United States) – this is an animal I had no clue about but it turns out my husband, who loved reading animal books when he was young, knew exactly what the rock hydrax was. Looks something like a guinea pig to me, but it obviously isn’t one.

    • Esha M Dutta

      That’s great! You have ample time to post yours, Alana, because we’re keeping the linky open until the 16th. You’re right about the rock hydrax – it does resemble the guinea pig a bit except that it has rounder ears and lacks a tail. Looks rather cute I think.

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