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Copyright: Murat KABACAN (mkabacan) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 116 W: 0 N: 11] (91)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-10
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Türkiye (Turkey) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-20 4:45
Viewed: 4745
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken on 10th September 2006, in Kilickaya village (Yusufeli, Artvin; north-eastern Turkey) near village hauses at 23.00 O'clock. This strange creature comes from wild to village and eats some parsley and carrot (I guess, I have never seen it during it is eating its meal.)

It seems it has only 2 legs, we didn't see its front legs. The villagers haven't known its name. They told me that this is the first time, they see it. It looks like a little kangaroo without front legs. When I was there I saw it every night. It appears only at nights toward midnight.

I wonder what kind an animal it is. I searched on the Internet, but I couldn't any information about it.

If anyone can help me with ID, I'll be very happy. Thanks for all.

*This photo was taken by Songul YIKICI who is one of my friend, thanks to her.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-07-20 4:53]

Hello Murat,
What an amazing creature! I hope it is not a collage! It looks like a mini-kangaroo with a lion-tail and rabbit-ears!
Anyway a funny posting.

Murat merhaba,
Seni şaşkına çeviren bu sevimli yaratık bir arap tavşanı. Türkiye'de özellikle step alanlarda bulunan bir kemirici türüdür. Ön bacakları kısadır, ancak vardır. Tür ismi Allactaga williamsi. Türkiye'de A. williamsi, A. elater ve A. euphratica adında üç türü vardır. Kemiricilerin geneli gibi bunlar da gececildir. Kışın kış uykusuna yatarlar. Verdiğim tür isimleriyle ararsanız internette epey bilgiye ulaşacaksınızdır.

Helo Murat it is a rodent species Allactaga williamsi that found especially in steppe areas of Turkey. It has short forearms. But, in this POV we could not see it. Mustafa

Mustafa did a very accurate identification. They belong to the family Dipodidae (literally: Two legged ones), but of course they have front legs as well. The English name for this family is Jerboas (contains also Birch Mice and Jumping Mice). The genus Allactaga occurs from Libya over Central Asia up to Mongolia. Allactaga williamsi is an Anatolian endemic.

Very well captured!!

Merhaba Murat,
Çok ilginç bir canlı ve çok başarılı bir fotoğraf. Tebrik ederim. Bursa'da gördün mü bundan hiç?


Hello Murat,

congratulation to you and your friend Songul YIKICI for such
beautiful photograph of the Allactaga williamsi. Its shows without the forearms all the signs of the very interesting group of Jerboas.
Best regards
Klaus Rudloff

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