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Brings Down Freeways With a Single Paw

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A whole mess of Stephens' kangaroo rats have just been set up on swank new property in Riverside County, reports the LA Times. The little guys are blamed for getting in the way of development and hacking the Mid-County Parkway in half, but they're developers themselves: "The kangaroo rats were trapped in late September from colonies on private land and taken in cages to the release area. Researchers hope they'll re-create their former neighborhood." Important amenity alert: mountain lion urine to keep the coyotes away. [LAT]