In the Wild: Jerboa


Even though this animal is scarcely the size of a mouse, it can leap up to 10 feet in a single bound! In addition to its mad hops, the nocturnal mammal has adorable, ginormous ears and a very long tail to balance them out. Jerboas eat plants, seeds, and insects and are found mostly in desert climates . . . when they are found at all. This unusual mammal was recently caught on camera for what scientists believe is the very first time in China's Gobi Desert. Not only are they super speedy, they typically burrow underground to rest during the day, and are members of the IUCN Red List of threatened species – all likely reasons why it's so special to finally catch a glimpse of these tiny creatures.

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To check out more pictures of the unbearable cuteness, read more.

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