TIME TO SILFLAY

Something Over Tea

Please tell me you have read Watership Down by Richard Adams! Even if you haven’t, you might be familiar with silflay for this word from Lapine, the fictional rabbit language he uses, means ‘to feed’. More precisely, to come out [from their burrows] to feed. I recently showed a photograph of a Scrub Hare with its long ears highlighted by the sun:

Usually Scrub Hares (Lepus saxatilis) are nocturnal, although they can be seen early in the mornings too – especially if the day happens to be overcast. This explains the dullish light in the following photographs of this one breakfasting in the Addo Elephant National Park:

Unlike rabbits, these hares do not live in burrows, instead the Scrub Hares tend to make a shallow depression in the sand or long grass – known as a form – under bushes for protection and move out from there to…

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