Rodents & Rabbits
RODENTS can be found in virtually every habitat and make up 40% of mammal species alive today. Rodents include rats, mice, guinea pigs, squirrels, hampsters, beavers and porcupines. At 150lbs, the Capybara is the the largest rodent. It was thought RABBITS were also rodents but it turns out rabbits are not closely related at all. Rabbits, along with hares and pikas, make up the Family Lagomorpha. Although rabbits can hop several times their body length, they are unable to walk. Jan 25
Okunoshima is a Japanese island with a circumference of about two and half miles and is home to a hotel, a camping ground and a golf course. There's also a small museum that stands as a reminder of the chemical weapons production that happen on Okunoshima during World War II. None of these things are what attracted a recent spike in tourism. The island has become a travel destination thanks to its population of semi-wild rabbits, who face no natural predators. There are an estimated 300 bunnies bounding about, with all the associated adorableness.
Japan's rabbit island might be the cutest place on Earth
A couple in Pennsylvania trapped a purple squirrel on Sunday, Feb. 5, but experts aren’t certain what’s behind the critter’s colorful coat. Percy and Connie Emert of Jersey Shore, Pa., caught the brightly colored rodent when trying to keep squirrels away from their bird feeders. Connie said she had seen the animal on her property before but no one believed her. "I kept telling my husband I saw a purple one out in the yard.
Purple squirrel captured in Pennsylvania
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Mice in Blades of Grass
A stunning and rare insight into the secret tiny lives of adorable harvest mice is revealed in incredible pictures captured painstakingly over 12 months. Peek-a-boo: An inquisitive mouse balances on two ears of wheat to take a close look at one of the cameras Hang on a mo: A harvest mouse uses all four legs and its tail to steady itself on two stalks of grass as it snares a cicada in the reed beds of Alsace, France Steady on: A harvest mouse wraps its tail around a plant stem to help it balance while it investigates Safe as houses: A harvest mouse keeps watch from the safety of its nest made from Phragmites reeds
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An Unexpected, But Adorable, Rescue of a Baby Squirrel
A family was enjoying an afternoon outside when they happened upon a tiny baby squirrel in their back yard. Its tail was wet and it absolutely refused to move from its spot. He was pearched precariously on top of rocks near a small stream - a strange spot for a baby squirrel to favor.
Pika with clover
You might not think it to look at them, but prairie dogs and humans actually share an important commonality -- and it's not just their complex social structures, or their habit of standing up on two feet (aww, like people). As it turns out, prairie dogs actually have one of the most sophisticated forms of vocal communication in the natural world, really not so unlike our own. After more than 25 years of studying the calls of prairie dog in the field, one researcher managed to decode just what these animals are saying. And the results show that praire dogs aren't only extremely effective communicators, they also pay close attention to detail. According to Dr.
Researcher decodes prairie dog language, discovers they've been talking about us (Video)
Debby Cantlon, who plans to release Finnegan, the young squirrel, back into the wild, bottle-fed the infant squirrel after it was brought to her house. When Cantlon took in the tiny creature and began caring for him, she found herself with an unlikely nurse’s aide: her pregnant Papillion, Mademoiselle Giselle. Finnegan was resting in a nest in a cage just days before Giselle was due to deliver her puppies. Cantlon and her husband watched as the dog dragged the squirrel’s cage twice to her own bedside before she gave birth. Cantlon was concerned, yet ultimately decided to allow the squirrel out and the inter-species bonding began.
Love Everybody, Even The Squirrelly Ones
By Nick Enoch Updated: 10:34 GMT, 15 February 2012 There's a good chance this dormouse has been dreaming of sipping Malibu and Coke through a tiny straw on a tropical beach... because his new home is a coconut shell. The adorable creature was rehomed after he was seen scuttling across the floor of a tea shop in Lyme Regis, Dorset.
Dormouse is rehomed in a coconut shell
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I have a bunny named Aircraft Carrier.
Cat-Sized rats have been showing their whiskers in the Florida Keys. These gigantic rodents are called Gambian giant pouch rats and their rate of reproduction has allowed them to overcome efforts to eradicate the creatures for the past four years. They can produce 20 offspring within nine months. One concern of officials in Miami is that this species could migrate to the mainland and destroy valuable crops.
Cat-Sized Rats on the Prowl in the Florida Keys
Barely Even a Handful of Bunny
Tiny Mouse Climbing a Dandelion
We've met the cutest kitten in the world and her equally adorable partner in crime, but this tiny harvest mouse on a dandelion rivals their cuteness! The photographer behind these pictures that just make you want to go "aww" is Matt Binstead, the head keeper of the British Wildlife Centre. Binstead, who only began snapping shots of the animals he works with in Summer 2009, says, "It was lovely to get these shots of the mouse in its element. I saw it on the stem and just waited for it to climb all the way to the top." We're so glad that he had the patience to produce such adorable photos. As if the images themselves weren't sweet enough, Binstead teasingly says, "I can’t remember whether it was the breeze or the mouse blowing the dandelion."
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Water Vole caught in rare moment of stillness
Cute, fluffy and perpetually active, it is not easy to capture a water vole standing still. The photographer writes, "Seen at the British Wildlife Centre. Water voles are usually seen sitting and eating, swimming about, or a blur of movement. In a rare stationary moment, the vole's legs can be seen."