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Kangaroo-Rat, Jumping Mouse

Categories: Vi Making Friends With The Outdoor Folk

In the underbrush near a meadow and at the edges of thickets you may

possibly see, though they are not common, a diminutive animal, beautiful

in form and color and of most interesting habits. In the Southwest it is

called the kangaroo-rat, but North and East it is known as the jumping

mouse. The name kangaroo-rat is given because of its short fore legs,

strong hind legs, and the kangaroo-like leaps it makes. In temper it is

very unlike the ordinary rat; it does not bite and can be safely

handled, but will not live if kept in captivity.