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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 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. Japan's rabbit island might be the cutest place on Earth. Okunoshima is a Japanese island with a circumference of about two and a half miles and is home to a hotel, a camping ground and a golf course.

Japan's rabbit island might be the cutest place on Earth

There's also a small museum that stands as a reminder of the chemical weapons production that happened 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. Purple squirrel captured in Pennsylvania. 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. Mice Olympics. 6 day old bunny. Random photo Submit your photo Stumble Thru animal photography Tags: baby animal 6 days old bunny.

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Mice in Blades of Grass. Guinea Pig in armor. 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.

An Unexpected, But Adorable, Rescue of a Baby Squirrel

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. Upon closer inspection, they realized that the squirrel wasn't alone! His baby brother was stuck between the rocks he was sitting on. So, the family moved into action as quick as they could. Slowly, and very carefully, they moved the rocks away from the soaking wet, nearly drowning brother of the squirrel that was refusing to move, frightened out of his mind. Seeing how cold, wet and desperate the little guy was is absolutely heartbreaking! Pygmy Jerboa. Pika with clover. Researcher decodes prairie dog language, discovers they've been talking about us (Video) 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).

Researcher decodes prairie dog language, discovers they've been talking about us (Video)

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. Love Everybody, Even The Squirrelly Ones. 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.

Love Everybody, Even The Squirrelly Ones

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.

Dormouse is rehomed in a coconut shell. 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.

Dormouse is rehomed in a coconut shell

The adorable creature was rehomed after he was seen scuttling across the floor of a tea shop in Lyme Regis, Dorset. I have a bunny named Aircraft Carrier. Bambi and Thumper do exist! Cat-Sized Rats on the Prowl in the Florida Keys. Cat-Sized rats have been showing their whiskers in the Florida Keys.

Cat-Sized Rats on the Prowl 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.

Scott Hardin, the Exotic Species Coordinator for Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said that they “thought we had them whipped as of 2009…. In the early part of 2011, a resident e-mailed me and said he saw one of the rats. Gambian giant pouch rats are from Africa and can grow up to nine pounds making them the largest rat in the world. (image) One thing Floridians have on their side is the fact that the southern tip of Florida has a growing population of giant pythons that are likely to dine on the rats. Squirrel babies. Barely Even a Handful of Bunny. Tiny Mouse Climbing a Dandelion. Guinea Pigs Dinosaurs.

Water Vole caught in rare moment of stillness. Cute, fluffy and perpetually active, it is not easy to capture a water vole standing still.

Water Vole caught in rare moment of stillness

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. " Do you want your photo of the great outdoors featured on TreeHugger? Join the TreeHugger Photo Pool on Flickr and add your photos to the group!