The Jumping Hare, also known as the Springhaas, is a large African jerboa (Pedetes caffer). In size, color, and the shape of the head and ears, the animal resembles a hare; but the tail is long and thickly haired throughout. There are five toes on the forefoot, and four toes on the hind. The animal inhabits both the plains and the mountains of S. Africa, and is especially common in Cape Colony. When feeding, it goes on all fours, but if alarmed, attempts to escape by the leaping movements characteristic of the family (Dipodidæ).
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