This is the impossibly cute face of a bank vole

July 2, 2014, 1 p.m.
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Photo: Phil Johnston/MNN Flickr Group

The squishably cute face of a tiny bank vole

The bank vole measures less than four inches in length, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in cute fuzziness. Found in western Europe and northern Asia, it can be spotted in woodlands, hedgerows and patches of bramble. As is common to small rodents, they lead very short lives, only making it to about 18 months to 2 years old. It is industrious that entire time, active both day and night and skipping winter hibernation altogether. Females can have as many as four litters of pups in the summer. So while it has a short life, the bank vole sure packs in a lot of activity.

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Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Google+, and Facebook.