Pets: Happiness Is a Pocket Kangaroo

Pets that are fun to play with, easy to care for and that thrive in captivity are hard to come by. For the past decade, the furry favorite has been the hamster, but it tends to be neurotic, eat its young and bite the hand that feeds it. Now another member of the rodent family has arrived on the scene, warming children's hands and parents' hearts wherever its fuzzy face appears.

It is the Mongolian gerbil (pronounced jur-bill), a ball of fluff only four inches long (plus three inches of tufted tail) that...

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