Seeing a new type of species is always shocking and fascinating at the same time. There are around 50 million species on our planet, and we actually know only a small percentage of them. Take, for example, a jerboa; I doubt many of us have heard of one of these creatures before this video. This video shows a Baluchistan pygmy jerboa. It is a tiny mouse-like creature with legs that resemble a kangaroo’s.
Jerboas are known to live in the desert typically, and they don’t drink water. These rodents get the moisture they require from the plants they consume. They are incredible jumpers and can leap several feet in a single bound. Their main threats are predators, including snakes. Getting one around the US as a pet could be a bit hard as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention placed a ban on the importation and sale of African rodents after an outbreak of monkeypox in 2003.
These little guys have a very specific environment that they thrive in, making them far from an appropriate animal to have as a pet. It would be too difficult to replicate its natural habitat.