Monday, February 22, 2016

Long-eared Jerboa

The Long-eared Jerboa is a cute, somewhat unusual looking creature. It has over-sized ears, strong jumping hind legs, whiskers like a cat, and a body like that of a small mouse. It is a real mixed bag of parts.

This resourceful animal lives in the deserts of Asia, where there are all sorts of threats to deal with, such as temperature extremes, predators, and a general lack of water. It burrows underground to escape the temperature extremes. It has multiple entryways to escape predators. It covers these entryways with plugs of dirt to insulate from the temperature extremes. This also helps to conserve moisture.

Most of these cute critters come out to play at night.

I think they are super cute and just had to draw a cartoon version of one and share it with you.

Who knows, maybe it will be the inspiration for a children's book someday... ;0)