[Three Hundred Animals Contents]
A SINGULAR genus of animals; their principal character consisting in their having very short fore legs and very long hinder ones. This creature is about the size of a rat; the head resembles that of a rabbit with long whiskers, the tail is ten inches long, and terminated by a tuft of black hair. – The fur of the body is tawny, except the breast and throat, and part of the belly that are white. The Jerboa is very active and lively, always walks on the hinder feet, and jumps and springs, when pursued, six or seven feet from the ground. He borrows like the rabbit and feeds like the squirrel; he is a native of Egypt and all the adjacent countries.