Xerus

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Okay, so when I was young, in the late 70’s or early 80’s, they had these mail order books that were about animals, and each book was about a different letter of the alphabet.  You had your normal animals, Dog, Elephant, Quail, but X was for xerus.

I had no idea what a xerus was, and it was nearly impossible to tell from the drawing.

And since I didn’t feel like writing about x-rays or xylophones, xerus came to my head.

I don’t know what the plural of xerus is, (xeri?  xeruses?) and it never occurred to me to google a xerus until today.

It looks a bit like a cross between a chipmunk and a groundhog, and is called an African ground squirrel.  http://www.animalstown.com/animals/x/xerus/xerus.php

So there it is, Day X of the A-Z challenge.  I almost didn’t do this, and remembered how many times I’ve blogged about not following through.  For me to drop out at this time would be par for the course for me.  I think I can handle 2 more days.

I did a quick google search for the books, and I can not find them anywhere.  I thought everything from the 80’s was retro now.  (I take it back.  Just found them on Wikipedia.  Sweet Pickles books!  Yay!  I must find them for my grand baby! <further OMG, they have them on Amazon.  What isn’t on Amazon?>)

~wavygirl~

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