Weekly World News would like you to meet the world’s smallest rodent, the pygmy jerboa.

At barely an inch long (about 47 mm, to be exact), the pygmy jerboa is one of the smallest mammals in the world. While there are a few different species spread out across Central Asia and China, it is best loved in Kazakhstan, where it is featured on postal stamps!

Scientists believe their dimunitive size is due to the species seperating off from the larger rodent family about eight million years ago, and settling in the lands it now resides in today.

Without further ado, the weirdest creature you will see today:


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3 thoughts on “PYGMY JERBOA”

  1. I was pretty sure that the Bumblebee Bat is smaller, and wikipedia agrees: "The vulnerable Kitti's Hog-nosed Bat (bumblebee bat; Craseonycteris thonglongyai) from Thailand and Myanmar[18] is the smallest mammal, at 30-40 mm in length and 1.5 to 2 g in weight, about the weight of a Canadian or U.S. dime.

    The Etruscan Shrew is the smallest mammal by mass, though it exceeds the Bumblebee Bat in skull size."

    Also you can check out the BBC to see video of the Long Eared Jerboa: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7130484.stm


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