FURRY FRIDAY ON SATURDAY!
THE EURASIAN PYGMY SHREW
weighing in at just 4g
with a 2inch (52mm) body and 32mm (1¾inch) tail
is the tiniest mammal in Europe
and the second tiniest in the world
(after the African pygmy mouse)
In a hand: to scale:~
How tiny and cute!
It's actually slightly smaller than the exceedingly agile Eurasian harvest mouse (Micromys minutus)
Which is very tiny and cute too!
Also very little in comparison to the human hand:
And quite a lot smaller than the Mongolian pygmy hamster
~ better known as the roborovski hammy,
which is the tiniest hammy in the world
and, at just 50mm/2inches no longer in the body
but which weighs an average 20-25g ~ 5-6 times more
How delightful! This one's a teenager:
Pygmy shrew on Youtube:
Roborovski hamsters in the wild(Northern China):~
Yes, as my American friends like to say, they are indeed
(We in Britain tend to prefer "delightful" ~ and of course they're both!)
WISHING Y'ALL A VERY FURRY WEEKEND INDEED!