After staring at this for months…
a customer today filled me in on what it actually is! That little critter up top is a Jerboa.
“The Jerboa is from arid areas in Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, Arabia, Russia and other areas in Asia. It could possibly be one of the smallest rodents in the world. They live in burrows, allowing them to keep cool in the daytime harsh arid climates. They are nocturnal. Most jerboa’s are omnivores, meaning they with eat most anything from plants, seeds, to insects.”
And I declare them uber adorable!!!
If you don’t believe me, watch this video of Gizmo and his dust bath and try not to “awwwwww”
info from here