Note the ‘built for purpose’ extended digging claws and the very interesting arrangement of teeth. The lower extend into two strong lifting and cutting apparatus, the upper are used for grasping. Think biomimicry: a combination fork-lift and grappling tool.
- A strong tail, used for counterbalance and anchoring.
For the past couple of weeks the Cape has been stormlashed by severe low pressure systems which brought torrential rain. Yesterday was our first sunny day and many homeowners were assessing damage – flooding in parts and roof cave-ins were two issues for the colony of Dune Molerats. It’s not often that one is lucky to glimpse these shy and reticent creatures, but here in broad daylight i discovered a very determined forager filling up the larder. The best way of describing the scene would be a gardener rearranging plantbeds. In went the undercutters loosening the soil below, down came the upper gnashers raking the prize plant, then reversing backwards down the hole to stash the haul. New heaps were in evidence – wet, well-piled soil. In a previous post i wrote about the connections and the cycle of mole soil with the delights of sandbathing.