|Scavenging on the water-rich planet even after the loss of much of its atmosphere (NASA)|
|It's not that cute; have you seen my routine?|
A Mars rock that bears a [strik]ing resemblance to a rodent is scuttling across the Internet with gusto, even inspiring some fans to set up a Twitter account in its name.
UFO buffs spotted the purported [Rocky the Squirrel or dismissively named] "Mars rat" in a panoramic photo snapped in September 2012 by NASA's Curiosity rover. Zooming in on a portion of the image reveals what appears to be a rodent crouching between two rocks, its nose to the ground.
|Earthling squirrel with its infant child (TMA)|
"It's a cute rodent on Mars. Note its lighter-color upper and lower eyelids, its nose and cheek areas, its ear, its front leg and stomach," Scott Waring wrote at UFO Sightings Daily back in December.
"Looks similar to a squirrel camouflaged in the stones and sand by its colors."
|Artist's rendition of the rocky squirrel (L)|
"Why would they not tell us about it?" Waring wrote. "Because the squirrel would be expected to die eventually and that would get PETA [People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals] to fight against them in a court of law." More
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