Hyraxes are small, herbivorous mammals that survived through the ice ages to the modern day.
Hyraxes have four short limbs on their small, compact bodies, along with a short nose, large eyes, large front teeth and a small, stout tail. Covered in brownish fur, hyraxes are herbivorous, residing in family groups.
One hyrax had, around Christmastime, found an acorn that a saber-tooth squirrel named Scrat about to take, to which Scrat tackled the hyrax and both fought for the acorn, when their fight caused them to end up in an ice cavern, where a blast of energy from a device invented by the magical human Santa Claus struck them both. This caused both squirrel and hyrax to duplicate into three other version of themselves: a past version, a present version and a future version. The beam continued to bounce off the ice cave walls, duplicating more of them until the cave was flooding with squirrels and hyraxes. With that, the swarms of both animals formed together, holding onto one another until they formed a giant Scrat and hyrax, which fought against one another until the effects of the beam wore off and they were returned to their old selves, with neither getting the acorn, which had been flattened by one of their giant footsteps and blown away by the winds.
Later, a number of hyraxes lived on a landmass that was jarred loose from the other continents during the continental drifts, being pushed out to sea, where the hyraxes lived well enough alone. This peace, however, would change when an aggressive seafaring ape named Gutt, along with his crew of piratical animals, found the island and enslaved many of the hyraxes into building a new iceberg ship, forcing some into labor and others into captivity. The hyraxes that had not been captured found a number of mammals that had also found their island: a herd consisting of a mammoth named Manny, a saber-tooth cat named Diego and two ground sloths named Sid and his Granny. Initially fearful of the newcomers, the hyraxes hid from them, to which Manny explained that they might work together by releasing the enslaved hyraxes and aiding in stealing Gutt's new ship, which Sid translated, as the hyraxes could not understand the mammals' dialect: this earned Sid the hyraxes' favor as a leader.
The following day, the hyraxes helped the mammals in both freeing their fellows and stealing Gutt's ship. Led into battle by one male named Fuzzy, the hyraxes stood at the top of a hill facing the beach where Gutt's ship was moored and rushed off to face him, backed by a large decoy of Manny, which caused the pirate animals to rush in to attack the hyraxes. The hyraxes, however, escaped the attack and floated off on leaves, later to drift away from the pirates out at sea on a piece of ice, mocking Gutt.
Later, the herd of mammals that had found the hyraxes' home returned, taking with them the herds of other creatures that had been left homeless due to the continental drifts, all aboard an iceberg ship that had been created by Gutt. The hyraxes welcomed all with open arms and erected a large effigy of a hyrax at the bay in which the animal herds arrived.
- Ice Age: Continental Drift (First appearance)
- Ice Age: Past, Presents and Future
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