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Synonyms for gerbil

small Old World burrowing desert rodent with long soft pale fur and hind legs adapted for leaping

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TV chiefs have come under fire after 59-year-old Judith Lewis claimed the Mastermind crown by answering a question about whether the mascot of the Army's Desert Rats was a gerbil rather than a jerboa.
Senior animal rescue officer, Stephanie Kirk, said:"We were notified by a member of the public who discovered a taped cardboard box that was underneath a pile of household waste with the two gerbils inside.
Upon further inspection, 24 gerbils were found packed into plastic bags and strapped onto her legs.
While carrying out routine inspections at Shuitou Port in Kinmen, Coast Guard officials, a woman surnamed Wu was spotted walking rather awkwardly and upon closer inspection, she was found to have strapped 24 gerbils to her legs.
<p class="textbox" dir="ltr">"Hamsters and gerbils are great beginner pets for kids ages 7 and up.
Gerbils love to play, chasing each other around, wrestling and boxing.
However, the use of tachyzoites for oral infection of neonate gerbils as experimental model of neosporosis was not evaluated.
Little Gerbil does her best to follow the Gerbil Mottos.
THE very thought of long-tailed rats and gerbils is enough to make some people scream.
Relative to other rodents, those of the subfamily Gerbillinae (gerbils) are characterized by greatly enlarged auditory (tympanic) bullae.
Summary: Moscow: A number of mice and eight gerbils sent into space in a Russian ...
Human embryonic stem cells (green) can be coaxed to form sound-detecting nerve cells (yellow) in the inner ears of deaf gerbils. Deafness often results from the loss of specialized nerve cells--called hair cells and spiral ganglion neurons--in the cochlea, the part of the inner ear that converts vibrations into signals that the brain understands as sounds.
BARTON replies: Gerbils actually make great pets for children.
It is not a live game because gerbils can be peculiarly difficult and often refuse to go in to their houses or run around for ten minutes before jumping off the table.