Some people were conducting field research in Baja, California recently when they came across a San Quintin kangaroo rat. They weren’t actually looking for him, because his species hasn’t been spotted in decades. San Quintin kangaroo rats were thought to have gone extinct. And yet, here this little guy was!
This tiny and unique creature is about five inches long with a lengthy tufted tail and springy back legs that help him hop like a kangaroo. The San Quintin kangaroo rats were accidentally sacrificed for tomatoes and strawberries; their habitat in Baja was converted to farms and hothouses to grow these fruits.