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Yesterday I posted that video of that cute tiniest rodent, the Pygmy Jerboa, and you guys were all “That’s totally creepy and not cute at all!” So, fine. As a blogging professional, I can accept that not every cute animal I throw at the wall is going to stick. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE BABIES? These BABY Pygmy Jerboas, which appear cutest at the 1:45 mark, are undeniably cute. Its over:

(Headphones up, the music is dreadful):

I’m glad we got that settled.

Comments (50)
  1. Urgh!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!?

  2. Gmarley  |   Posted on May 29th, 2009 +16

    They aren’t cute. They ARE awesome, I want an army of them, and perhaps a freakishly large one to ride on, but they aren’t cute. Just find an appropriate word, that’s all.

  3. don  |   Posted on May 29th, 2009 +2

    they are not fluffy enough, also the disporportionate slimy rat tails, ugh.

  4. yes don, the slimy rat tails ruin it.

  5. kidnationftw  |   Posted on May 29th, 2009 +5

    wasn’t there a pokemon movie made about these things?

  6. anyone who says these are not cute is cutarded.

  7. It’s totally that horrifying tail that ruins it for me. If it had like a shorter, stubbier tail it would be alright. I’m basically the Anna Wintour of rodents now.

  8. Annika  |   Posted on May 29th, 2009 +4

    I’m with you on this, Linds, I think they’re hilarious. Especially with the apparent lack of balance, like when the one in the other video fell backwards right off the scale. Weird, for sure, but totally cute.

  9. When did these become a thing that is so common that people are just keeping them in their rooms, on toilet seats, and taping them for youtube videos left and right? I thought I was aware of every cute, possible-pet and now I’ve been blindsided. What other animals do I just not know about and that also appear out of nowhere like aliens?

  10. We’ll agree to disagree. It’s the tail…they look like furry hopping sperm.

  11. The babies look like aborted fetuses. WOW, YOU’RE RIGHT! TOTALLY CUTE??

  12. Sal  |   Posted on May 29th, 2009 -1

    Still scary :(

  13. Great. Cause the disposable-ridiculously-multiplying pet industry really needs another breed.

  14. I was okay until the one at 2:27 that looks like he’s dead.

  15. Not as cute as the last video! But I am with you in the cute camp, Lindsay. Except the creepy clown-katamari soundtrack kind of ruined this for me.

  16. ben (waiting for the perfect GIF)  |   Posted on May 29th, 2009 +3

    The babies look like… well I don’t like being gross but yknow, fleshy and ball-ish?

  17. Chadams  |   Posted on May 29th, 2009 +8

    I like the two step process of put baby in mouth, hop back to shelter. Very QBert/video game-ish.

    Also – how quickly can we make that song its own meme? That’s the worst thing I’ve ever heard.

  18. I don’t think I can apply “cute” to anything with feet bigger than its head.

  19. These look like those delicious “Popplers” from that one Futurama episode.

  20. They are cute!

    Also, what’s with the music, it sounds like it’s from the You Make My Day OST, listed as “Instrumental”

  21. cfboyd  |   Posted on May 29th, 2009 +2

    i find these creatures to be just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen, but everyone I’ve shown yesterday’s video to has been seriously creeped out for some reason. People are dumb. I’m with you, Lindsay. Let’s be friends.

  22. Calm down, Chris Brown.
    (DID I DO IT RIGHT?!)

    • I’m pretty sure it was “settle down, Chris Brown” which has more of a sing-songy ring to it. I only know that because I’ve been repeating it in my head after every post, trying to see if it applies.

  23. I’m sorry, i can’t watch it i started crying/laughing as soon as i heard that music. And then the captions pushed me over the edge.

  24. Team Pygmy Jerboa. Those things are cute as hell.

  25. They’re cute. They look kind of like sperm but really cute fluffy sperm with big eyes.

  26. Chadams nailed it: these things are Q-bert cute (“QUTE-BERT”? Help.) – but only as far as a physically-impossible videogame character can be cute. Which is to say, it can be terrifying when cast into real life, and yet… compwetewy iwwezistiblez!!1

  27. The video itself is cute, but when they showed the little pink babies it just made me flashback to the time we had pet hamsters when I was little and they had babies and basically ate all of them =(

    • oh god, i had the same problem! i didn’t even know I had that memory until they picked up the babies in their mouths and i was like, “NOOOOOOOOO”
      i’m pretty frowny faced about it now. thanks lindsay.

  28. Baby rodents make me angry. I had to clean out breeding mouse cages for a year and I got so sick of those damn pinkies EVERYWHERE. I’m horrible, I’m sure, but I can’t help it.

  29. It’s like a kangaroo-rat hybrid, with a dog face.

  30. If I worked as a closed-caption writer, every so often I would just make BREEDING RECORD scroll across the screen in crazy marquee text.

  31. malibuster  |   Posted on May 30th, 2009 -3

    I have been scouring the web for places to purchase these creatures. Can any1 help me?! I know many of you prob think I’m crazy for wanting them they r jost so cool!! If any1 has any connections to breeders please post a comment!

  32. Martin  |   Posted on May 31st, 2009 +3

    I think for some people they look (particularly from the front) like some kind of sci-fi alien creature with a head and giant feet sticking out the bottom. Then toss on a tail for good measure. It doesn’t match what some of us envision as a reasonable evolutionary result on earth. That’s why they seem creepy, but that’s our problem.

  33. oh well  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 0

    I want to be cool enough to like these things and act like everything’s fine, but they disturb me at this very basic, instinctive level. I feel bad about it but at least some people find them overwhelmingly appealing, so it offsets my natural repulsion.

  34. LINDSEY. THESE ARE THE SCARIEST FUCKING, MOST BIZARRE LOOKING THINGS I HAVE EVER SEEN. HOW THE FUCK IS THIS SHIT CUTE.

  35. Star  |   Posted on Jun 5th, 2009 0

    Omigod I want one so badly! Their faces are very similar to the Chinese hamsters I recently raised, but I don’t have them anymore. I really would like to find where to get one, I have researched a bit and found that they are endemic to Pakistan, but not anyone who breeds or sells them. Could anyone provide a bit of advice for me about finding a breeder? Obviously there is some way to obtain them, as many people have post videos such as this but they do not say where they got them. I personally think Pygmy Jerboas arethe cutest things I’ve ever seen, and resemble a chick/hamster/gerbil mix. :)

  36. It’s the legs… I really don’t like the legs…

  37. billie  |   Posted on Jun 14th, 2009 0

    OMG! i don’t care what anyone says so cute! i want one.

  38. Melissa  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    Hello,

    They are totally cute… does anyone know where I can find a pygmy jerboa breeder? To the person who posted the babies…do you own them, and if so, can you sell me one?
    Thanks.

  39. Melissa  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    Hello,

    They are totally cute… does anyone know where I can find a pygmy jerboa breeder? To the person who posted the babies…do you own them, and if so, can you sell me one?
    Thanks.

  40. Melissa  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    Hello,

    They are totally cute… does anyone know where I can find a pygmy jerboa breeder? To the person who posted the babies…do you own them, and if so, can you sell me one?
    Thanks.

  41. Melissa  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    Hello,

    They are totally cute… does anyone know where I can find a pygmy jerboa breeder? To the person who posted the babies…do you own them, and if so, can you sell me one?
    Thanks.

  42. andy c  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2009 0

    can any1 tell me where to purchase 1 from in the uk!!!!! they’re soooo cuutttteeee

  43. Karen V. Stefanini  |   Posted on Jul 31st, 2009 0

    Absolutely adorable. What happened to the one in the last scene lying on its back? Is it sleeping?!

  44. Its face looks like Master Splinter from the Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles

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