The Hyrax

A while ago, we were discussing vintage illustrations of rodents on the Mad Art Lab back-channel (as you do) and the subject of the hyrax came up (as it does). And Donna pointed out that “hyrax” is a very Seussian name. So I wrote up a little poem and recruited Cloe to illustrate it.

And here’s the result, which we had totally, totally planned to post today in honor of Dr Seuss’ birthday. It was definitely not a mad scramble at the last minute. Definitely not that.

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Steve consists of approximately 60% water and 40% organic molecules, arranged in a configuration that is, among over things, capable of describing itself in this manner.


  1. March 2, 2012 at 9:58 pm


    Steve and Chloe, I don’t know you, but you’ve just given me one of the best presents I never knew I wanted. Hyraxes have been a favorite of mine since I saw them in Kenya as a child, and their appearance versus their phylogenetic relationships to elephants and manatees is an example of evolution I’ve made numerous times to my students. That you’ve gone the extra mile to create a Seussian ditty complete with illustrations of one of my favorite animals … just let me buy you a drink sometime. Thank you.

  2. March 3, 2012 at 12:26 am

    This makes me very happy. 🙂

  3. March 3, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Love it!

  4. March 3, 2012 at 3:54 am


  5. March 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    This totally brought a smile to my face, thank you.

  6. March 4, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Makes me smile every time. Love it.

  7. March 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Omigosh I LOVE this.

  8. March 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm


  9. March 8, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Well done!!

  10. March 17, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I LOVE it! And not an SUV in sight! 🙂

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