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Mysterious Mammal

ZSL releases the first known footage of the long-eared jerboa in the wild, an extraordinary mammal found in the deserts of Mongolia and China. The tiny creature looks like a mouse-sized kangaroo with enormous ears.

I have to say that the long-eared jerboa is one of cutest mammals. Sadly similar to many cute mammals, the long-eared jerboa is classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List, with habitat disturbance the species’ key threat. I think Jerboa’s long ears, which is about one third bigger than its head, seem to be a pair of wings on its head. The next step of its evolution may be to glide in the air with its ears, like Disney’s Dumbo, the Flying Elephant. Others (like Dr Jonathan Baillie, ZSL Head of Field Conservation and leader of the expedition) think it is like the Mickey Mouse of the desert. What do you think? =)

In addition, be sure to check out video footage at EDGE Blog.
News and Images Source: ZSL – Zoological Society of London


3 responses to “Mysterious Mammal

  1. KKai January 8, 2008 at 08:56

    It would be very sad if jerboas went extinct.

  2. 绮莉Julie January 6, 2008 at 10:38

    a flying elephant is cute. err… a flying rat is hard to say. but a flying fly of course,is disgusted..
    why no one tells me that fly is going to be listed on the IUCN red list?but such cute jerboa is going to die out!
    see, this is unfair~ah…..

  3. Michelle December 30, 2007 at 04:33

    awwwwwwww that is soooooo cute, i wish they weren’t endangered, that are darling.

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