Welcome to the weekend. The best strange thing I have for you today is an unusual little beast, a creature I call the kangaroo chicken mouse. They are not actually in the mouse, kangaroo (or obviously chicken) families, however. Officially known as a jerboa, this crepuscular hopping desert rodent Native to North Africa and Asia can sprint up to 15 miles per hour and will dart around erratically when chased. They can also jump as high as three feet in the air.
Here is a clear video. A jackalope it is not.
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Some call them T-Rats, the rat version of a T-Rex.
The long eared version of the kangaroo chicken mouse (kcm) is even more surprising looking:
They look like Japanese cartoon characters come to life … except for the legs.
… Jerboas look somewhat like miniature kangaroos, and have some external similarities. Both have long hind legs, very short forelegs, and long tails. Jerboas move around in a similar manner to kangaroos, which is by hopping. …
If you’re used to seeing only rabbits, rats and mice, jerboas, with legs at least four times the length of their arms can be quite surprising.