This unusual little creature is said to be the elephant's closest living relative

Baby Rock Hyraxes: Tiny, Furry and Related to Elephants!

Move over capybaras, there's a new tiny little critter we're totally obsessed with, and it has a rather surprising family tree.

While the hyrax might look like a guinea pig, the African Wildlife Foundation reports that the little cuties are one of the elephant's closest living relatives, along with the manatee.

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There are three main varieties in the hyrax family: the rock hyrax, tree hyrax and bush or yellow-spotted hyrax -- but we assure you they are all equally adorable.

Seriously though, just look at their little faces:


Hyraxes' toes and bone structure are similar to those of elephants, and have two large teeth that resemble tusks.

Take a peep at their impressive chompers:


The fascinating creatures live across Africa and the Middle East, and spend around 95 percent of their time sunbathing and relaxing, according to Wired. That sounds like the perfect life right?

Take a closer look at these cute animals:

The hyrax, the closest living relative to elephants
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The hyrax, the closest living relative to elephants
CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA - 2015/06/06: A couple of rock hyrax (procavia capensis, also known as rock badger or in South Africa as dassie) lies on a rock in the Table Mountain natural reserve. (Photo by Thierry Falise/LightRocket via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 17: Rock hyrax (Procavia capensis), Procaviidae. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Vier junge Buschschliefer (Heterohyrax brucei) im Tierpark Berlin. (Photo by Hohlfeld/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Amneville, FRANCE: Picture taken 26 April 2007 of a recently-borned rock hyrax at the zoo in Amneville, eastern France. AFP PHOTO JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN (Photo credit should read JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
SERENGETI, TANZANIA - 1991/01/01: Tanzania, Serengeti, Kopje (rock Formation), Rock Hyrax. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Zwei Klippschliefer - Afrika (Photo by Bernd Wasiolka/McPhoto/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Common Rock Hyrax, Rock Dassie, Procavia capensis, South Africa, Tsitsikamma National Park, Otter trail (Photo by Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1987: Zoology - Mammals - Hyraxes - Bush hyrax or yellow-spotted rock hyrax (Heterohyrax brucei). (Photo By DEA / F. GALARDI/De Agostini/Getty Images)
Dassie, Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa (Photo by Hoberman Collection/UIG via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 17: Yellow-spotted rock hyrax or Bush hyrax (Heterohyrax brucei), Procaviidae. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
KENYA - 2003/01/01: Kenya, Masai Mara, Rock Hyrax Sunning On Rock. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)

They live in large colonies and the females stay with their family for life. The little ladies even form nursery groups, where mothers take turns tending to their young.

Overall, life is pretty sweet for these tiny precious critters, but the rapidly-growing human population in their natural habitats has made it more difficult for them to find mates, food and shelter.

So, be kind to these friendly little guys:


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