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Dec 12, 2007

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Everyone and their brother has sent in this Daily Mail article of this new species of rodent called a "Jerboa". People, this animal is not cute. [looking over glasses in lab coat] Let me tell you why. Rule #17, paragraph 14, item 7 SPECIFICALLY STATES that 'tiny ears' are cute. Rule #15 talks about a small ear to head ratio.

Why? Tiny ears are nibble-able! No one would even NOTICE if you chomped a hamster ear off would they!? No! They are small and fit in your mouf. This guy is like, part moth, and his ears would gak all the way down. Do you want that? Do you? Come on, People.

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You got me on the beadiness of the eyes. At LEAST he's got that going for him.

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whadya say?

circuscake
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 11:51 AM

what about a new rule, one that states that a small head to ear ration is cute? I think it's cute.

Miss r
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 11:55 AM

Despite the large ears and wrong ratio, I think this guy is pretty cute!!! High BEF :)

moosie
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 11:55 AM

posting in defense of this cute creature

TheBigSleep
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 11:55 AM

I like moths. Gak me.

TrinketsMom
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 11:56 AM

I think we may need to *gasp* REVISE A RULE! Perhaps it should change to "extreme ear-to-head ratio." After all bunbun ears are sthuper nibblable, and they are not small. Ephelant ears look nibblable, and they're not small.

*nods vigorously and adjusts lab coat* Clearly. *pushes up nerd glasses*

Lizzy
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 11:56 AM

But Meg! Bunnies are cute and they have long ears! Puppies and kittens also have visible ears...Though ham ears are also cute.
I think these little guys are anerable~!

Jen
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 11:56 AM

Two of the cutest animals in the world - the Siamese cat and the basset hound - have enormous ears. I rest my case.

pyewacket
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 11:58 AM

His (or her) ears are practically bigger than his (or her) entire body!! C'mon, Meg, that is SUPER cute!! :D

p.s. TrinketsMom... Gak me! lol all over the place!

NotSupposedToBeDoingThisAtWork
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 11:59 AM

awww! he's super cute! I'm all in favor of Lizzys rule revision to "extreme ear to head ratio"!

Ling
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 11:59 AM

Clearly, Mr. Jerboa-pants is the proverbial "exception" to the rule. His outstanding BEF and quivering nosicle trump his non-compliance with rules 15 and 17. Thank you. (Adjusts glasses and sits to thunderous applause coming from the auditorium audience of Cuteologists.)

Sandy
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 11:59 AM

Not cute?? Well if that's not cute then frankly you need to rewrite the cute rules, cuz that lil fellow is aderrrable. There needs to be a "large ear exception" added, to take into account situations where the ears are more than 200% larger than the head, which goes so far towards not cute that it wraps around to cute again.

Matteo
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:00 PM

AW! But the small ear-to-head ratio rule has been broken many times before! He is adorable!!

Alicia
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:00 PM

I have to agree with the bun lovers on this one.

vigilant20
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:01 PM

In addition, while they are pointed in a downward fashion in the photography, when considered relative to his body position, this wee guy is clearly demonstrating classic "paws up."

Sandy
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:01 PM

I have to disagree with you Megs. I recall seeing a Fennec Fox on this website, and that's the biggest ear to head ration I've ever seen. And they're anerable. Just like these guys.

Claire
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:02 PM

Wow! He's hilarious! Even cuter when you know that they hop around like miniature kanga-rooroos! I must have one, and i'll chomp his ginormous ears all day!

garlicknots
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:03 PM

and teenie tiniest lilest of fingers and a great manicure dont count for nothin?? come on now peoples.

liz
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:03 PM

NOT CUTE? NOT CUTE?

This little guy is the very definition of cuteness, he defies rule 15, and remains cute. Trust me (and many other people on this one) this guy is cute.

Heather Borean
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:03 PM

what does Theo say?? He's cute!!

the hen
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:04 PM

JERBOAS are SUPER CUTE. i sent meg a video of one scampering around the kitchen floor, they hop like kangaroos! but shes clearly got some bias against jerboas. this tiny ear rule is ridiculous, what about rabbits? dont rabbits have huge ears? are rabbits not cute?


check out this video, guys! its cute jerboa jumping action.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or2d0CqCcMI

johnny
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:05 PM

I love him!! Id love to have him hopping all over my apartment!

teneisha
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:06 PM

As the owner(mom) of three (3) jerboas, I can attest to their absolute cuteness. They are wonderful and full of lots of bouncy goodness.

Diane Fligiel
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:06 PM

His ear to head ratio may not be great, but his tail to body length ratio is off the charts.

nick a
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:07 PM

OH NO!!! Oh Great Cute Leader! This critter IS IS IS ADORABLE! I want one!

The Prussian
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:07 PM

Poor little Jerboa is entirely cute. Video evidence:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNFF-VxQjsI

They don't look real!

Boo Urns
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:10 PM

Agree with commenters above: Rule needs modification to extreme ear-to-head ratio. Bloodhound puppies tripping on their own ears? Cute to the max. Lop bunnies? Super cute. Fox kits? Cute. Jerboas? Definitely cute.

Tk
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:10 PM

Well - if I might cite some evidence in FAVOR of the cuteness... Charlie the coyote, posted on this very site about a week or so ago, as a "cute" example, has a very large ear to head ratio. His ears are as large as his whole head, and yet HE is cute.

Jill
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:12 PM

Jill said it. If Charlie's enourmous ears don't disqualify him, then this little guy definitely falls on the cute side of the fence. Charlie's ears are freakin' huge man!

:-)

I Heart Charlie
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:17 PM

OH NO!!! Oh Great Cute Leader! This critter IS IS IS ADORABLE! I want one!

The Prussian
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:18 PM

Well we've all *squeed* over swift foxes and baby donkeys and part of their uber-cutness is the big ears.

I just think that the ear to head ratio has it's exceptions. Sometimes big ear ARE what makes a critter cute. :) My dog is in that catagory, so I'm biased.

Arachnophile_grrl
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:20 PM

Meg, if you don't want him, can I have him? Pleez? Pleez?

debg
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:20 PM

There are also jerboas that do not break the ear to head ratio. See picture of my jerboas here.

http://www.judgedolph.com/images/jerboa.jpg

Diane
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:20 PM

Following up on this, aren't Basset Hounds cute -- why? Big ears to smaller head ratio. We do need a new rule!

http://www.dailydrool.com/

basset hound
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:21 PM

He's totally cute! He looks like Plusle and Minun! (Google them if you're not familiar, and prepare to be gobsmacked by the cuteness. Stheriously.)

jules
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:21 PM

Yeah, I'm going to have to say that giant ears are way cute - in my opinion, cuter than tiny ears. But lets just say that a disproportionate ear size, in either direction, is whats cute! We can't leave this little guy out in the cold.

Shawna
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:22 PM

Sure they lure you in with their darling ears, the BEF, the darling mode of ambulation, and the tail, omg the tail! But then they nail you wif the claws of def! People do not be fooled! The claws of def are a serious threat! (Adjusts nerd glasses and lab coat and takes seat with dignity to cavernous silence in National Symposium of Cuteologists)

lymareck
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:23 PM

aaaw this guy IS cute! large ears ARE cute. example=FENNEC FOXES (sooooooo sooo adorable)

mira
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:24 PM

Jerboas definitely have the potential to be cute, as clearly demonstrated in the video johnny linked, but I would say that this particular picture of this particular jerboa is not all that cute. This little guy just looks kind of scruffy and evil.

thequeenmum
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:24 PM

honey, i shrunk the chihuahua ;0) come on man, chihuahuas have big ears and i see a fair number of them on here! usually rodents don't appeal to me but this little guy's special!

Shellbell
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:27 PM

I would take exception to this comment, my jerboa is neither scruffy, nor evil. Perhaps the picture does not do him proper justice. I guess cuteness is in the eye of the beholder.

Diane
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:30 PM

But the dainty paws! the DAINTY PAWS!!

Joha
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:32 PM

I was a sender inner who pointed out that the ears were the perfect handle to gently pull up while snorgeling!

Heather
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:33 PM

Enough people thought he was cute enough to bring to the attention of the C.O. Democracy at work, peeps! Come on, the Cowardly Lion-like tail alone is worth something! :-)

LimeyG
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:33 PM

hahahah. i love how the people are standing up.

i think that it's a eccentric looking mouse.
and eccentric can be cute.
lets open cuteoverload's horizons...

alex
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:36 PM

I concur with Meg's assertion that tiny ears and small ear-to-head ratio are the stricter definitions of cute. HOWEVER, there really ought to be a rule for "absurdly disproportionate body parts" of any sort. Yay giant ears!!! And, really, who can possibly say that Dumbo wasn't farkin' adorable?!?

Doctor of Cutology, UCLA
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:38 PM

Small BODY to EAR ratio? New cute rule?

Paula
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:39 PM

and, the jerboa buns, clearly visible in the hole-digging-clip, are uncontestably cute!

Sandra K.
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:43 PM

Jumpin' jerboas, johnny!

Pheas
 |  Dec 12, 2007 at 12:43 PM

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