Zoo welcomes tiny, furry triplets that are closely related to elephants

A zoo in the U.K. has welcomed pocket-sized triplets, but don't let their size fool you — they come with an enormous heritage.

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The three baby pups, born July 21 at the Chester Zoo, are called rock hyraxes, a species more closely related to elephants than any other animal in the world, but they each weigh less than 9 ounces.

"Rock hyraxes have helped conservationists learn so much about the evolution of different animals, and how animals can evolve and adapt to the environments where they live," Team Manager of small mammals, David White, said in a statement from the zoo. "They really are special little creatures."

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UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 17: Rock hyrax (Procavia capensis), Procaviidae. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
SOUTH AFRICA - 2016/05/21: Rock hyraxes (Procavia capensis), or dassies, warming up in the morning sunshine on top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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)
Yellow-spotted hyrak, rock hyrax or bush hyrax or Dassie, Heterohyrax brucei, Hells Gate National Park, Naivasha, Great Rift Valley, Kenya. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)
Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis) is a medium-sized (~4 kg) terrestrial mammal, superficially resembling a guinea pig with short ears and tail. The closest living relatives to hyraxes are the modern-day elephants and sirenians. The rock hyrax is found across Africa and the Middle East, in habitats with rock crevices in which to escape from predators. (Photo by: Shannon Benson/VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images)
Rock hyrax / Cape hyrax (Procavia capensis) on the lookout from rock in the Augrabies Falls National Park, South Africa. (Photo by: Arterra/UIG via Getty Images)
Rock Hyrax / Cape Hyrax (Procavia capensis) on rock, Namibia . (Photo by: Arterra/UIG 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)
SERENGETI, TANZANIA - 1991/01/01: Tanzania, Serengeti, Kopje (rock Formation), Rock Hyrax. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)

In a video released by the zoo, the small-statured siblings can be seen exploring and napping with their mom, Daissie, and dad, Nungu.

Their species have two large, narrow-edged teeth similar to an elephant's tusks. They also have skull and foot structures that are comparable to the large mammal.

After about seven months of pregnancy, Daissie gave birth to her furry trio. They have not yet been named and their genders have not been identified.

The Africa and the Arabian Peninsula natives live together in groups as small as two or as large as 26 and have up to 20 different noises they use to communicate with each other.

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The rubbery soles of their feet act like suction cups to help them grip onto rocks while climbing.

"Hyraxes are known for spending a large majority of their time lying out and basking in the sun, so mum Daissie and dad Nungu have certainly been run off their feet keeping up with these three little ones," White said.

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