This Tiny Cute Long-Eared Jerboa Looks Like A Mix Between A Mouse, A Rabbit, A Pig, And A Kangaroo

Published on August 4, 2021

You can find many animals out there that do not look like others of their breed. They were simply born to be different. These animals will shine in the way they are supposed to be. This adorable little long-eared jerboa is the perfect example of that. It has a mouse-like body, rabbit-like ears, a pig’s snout, and kangaroo-like back legs. A mix of 4 species but still adorable, right?

The photos of this adorable long-eared jerboa have stolen the heart of millions, especially those who are in love with this little creature. If you are looking for mysterious, weird animals, just give these pics a look. It will make your day!

This cute long-eared jerboa looks like a cross between a mouse, a rabbit, a pig, and a kangaroo

The long-eared jerboa is a rare, nocturnal, mouse-like rodent. It’s also known for its exceptionally large ears and a long tail. The animal is around 2.8 to 3.5 inches long while its tail is double this size. This weird jerboa was first caught on film in the wild in 2007 during a Zoological Society of London expedition to the Gobi.

Additionally, long-eared jerboas have the largest ears relative to their size in the whole animal kingdom

These long-eared jerboas are native to the deserts of southern Mongolia and northwestern China. Since they’re primarily nocturnal, they spend the day in underground burrows which they dug themselves. The animals mostly consume flying insects.

The lifespan of a long-eared jerboa is around 2 to 3 years.

The ears of the animal measure around two-thirds of its body size

As long-eared jerboas have back legs that look like a miniature model of a kangaroo’s, they can jump pretty high. The front legs are relatively small, and it doesn’t use them for getting around.

“Jerboas have very erratic locomotion, adopting a zigzag trajectory, and can jump several feet both vertically and horizontally, even though they are usually about the size of your fist,” Talia Yuki Moore, a Harvard graduate student studying locomotion in three jerboa species, told National Geographic.

The animal’s tail is double the size of its body

𝙱𝚊𝚋𝚢 𝚆𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚎𝚕 𝚃𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚜 𝙰 𝙼𝚊𝚐𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚕 𝚁𝚒𝚍𝚎 𝙾𝚗 𝚆𝚘𝚘𝚍𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚔𝚎𝚛’𝚜 𝙱𝚊𝚌𝚔

Although it seems like it might be a fantastic animal revision from Disney’s classic Aladdin of Jasmine’s magical carpet trip, the shot is real, and its truth is a bit sinister.

The photographs of the woodpecker and infant weasel above Hornchurch Land Park were taken by Martin Le-May, an amateur photographer from East London.

According to Le-May, when they heard and observed the fight, he and his wife walked in the park. When the bird went right across it, they could see that it had a small mammal on its back.

And that was when he snapped a picture of this incident.”I guess we distracted the weasel, since it managed to escape when the woodpecker landed and the weasel went into the grass,” he told the BBC.

As we look at this picture, you might wonder whether this picture is photoshopped? This is not the opinion of Hany Farid. Farid is a professor of computing research in digital forensics and image processing at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire.

Farid noted that while the low resolution makes it impossible to carry out a full examination, various other elements need to be taken into account. First of all, it will be incredibly difficult to forge a such picture because the weasel practically hugs the woodpecker.

You might still wonder, that if this picture isn’t forged, then what circumstances might have led this weasel to get involved in a situation like this?

David Mizejewski who is a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation says that weasels are carnivorous, yet these tiny predators, prey on rabbits, frogs and birds, Experts have also found these animals to feed on species much bigger than themselves.

Mizejewski added “The trademark move of weasel is to cut off the spinal cord of its prey with a bite on the neck”.

Steve Backshall, a wildlife broadcaster, feels that the picture is exceedingly unique and has ‘no reason to dispute on the picture’s authenticity’.

The woodpecker has been linked to other birds like leaf cutter ants and rhino beetles with an ability to carry weights that are 850 times their body weight.

He said: “The weasel is also rather fascinating. It can kill far greater things than itself, so when you consider of its size it is an astounding tiny creature.”

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