Mother Nature often surprises us with some of its creations, and the long-eared jerboa is a perfect example of this.
Just look at it, it’s absolutely tiny, ears like a rabbit, the body of a mouse, the snout of a pig and the hind legs of a donkey. Are we sure it’s not a Pokemon?
But it is exactly this mysterious weirdness that makes the tiny creature so popular with people all over the internet.
The long-eared jerboa is a nocturnal creature with extremely big ears, a huge tail and long weird looking legs.
The first time this rare animal was ever even caught on film in the wild was in 2007.
On average its body stretches to around 3 inches while its tail is double this.
It also lives up to its name as it has the record for the largest ears relative to its size in the whole world, measuring around two-thirds of its body size.
You can find this creature in the wild in the deserts of southern Mongolia and northwest China, but only in the nighttime.
They spend the day in underground burrows they dig themselves, just like a mole.
Their diet consists mostly of flying insects.
Its legs are somewhat of an evolutionary marvel. They are large and resemble a kangaroo’s which means they can jump surprisingly high.
“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