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A burrowing nocturnal rodent (Pedetes capensis) of southern Africa, having long powerful hind legs with which it leaps like a kangaroo.

[Partial translation of Afrikaans springhaas : spring, to leap up; see springbok + haas, hare.]
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We gazed at steenbok and ostrich and springhares (resembling mini kangaroos) and learned how to identify their trails in the sand.
We weren't successful, but we did startle a bat-eared fox, and were constantly surrounded by bouncing springhares.
Their findings indicate that bipedal mammals such as humans, kangaroos, springhares and jerboas have a more forward-positioned foramen magnum than their quadrupedal close relatives."