It’s a well-known fact that China remains the abode for a wide population of jumping mice. But what was unknown till now was the fact that the country is also a home for the world’s smallest jumping mouse, which was discovered recently in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region
Chen Wenjie, a local bird lover, would have seldom thought of having a meeting with the smallest jumping mouse while driving his way through the village road in Hotan Prefecture.
But so it happened, and so did he observed the small hopping creature under his lamps. With no bigger size than that of a water bottle cap, the jumping mouse weighed same as that of a one Yuan coin.
It was later after taking the mouse to his house that he noticed more of the rodent’s sleepy nature. Preferring to get out only at nights, the rodent spent up to seventeen hours sleeping inside the bottle case, the temporary shelter provided by Chen Wenjie.
One characteristic part was its tail, which spread over double the length of its body, and was also used as the noise-isolator during its sleep.
Later, it was Jian Wei, the researcher from Xinjiang who recognized the species classification of the small rodent. Although being called the ‘jumping mouse’, he says the creature to be a dwarf three-toed jerboa, which mainly resides in the deserts of southern Xinjiang. The species is also spread around the Inner Mongolian region and countries like Kazakhstan.