Kangarat: Viral video shows what a Kangaroo Rat looks like

A video showing a Kangarat, a kind of rodent that is usually mistakenly referred to as a Kangaroo and rat crossbreed, has gone viral online.

Facebook user Mister Comando posted the following clip on Facebook last Monday, April 11, in which a baby Kangaroo rat is seen entering the mother's pouch. The video already garnered more than 260,000 views as of 1 p.m. on April 18.


Many said they were surprised to see a Kangaroo rat for the first time. For those who are unfamiliar, here's a Wikipedia entry about the animal:

"Kangaroo rats, small rodents of genus Dipodomys, are native to western North America. The common name derives from their bipedal form. They hop in a manner similar to the much larger kangaroo, but developed this mode of locomotion independently, like several other clades of rodents.

Kangaroo rats are four-toed heteromyid rodents with big hind legs, small front legs and relatively large heads. Adults typically weigh between 70 and 170 [grams].

Kangaroo rats often leap a distance of 6 feet, and reportedly up to 9 feet (2.75 m) at speeds up to almost 10 feet/sec, or 10 kph (6 mph). They can quickly change their direction between jumps."

The uploader did not mention anything about where and when the video of the Kangaroo rat or Kangarat was taken.