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The tiny elephant shrew spotted alive for the first time in 50 years

Even the list of endangered animals has grown substantially over the past few years; it seems that some species that were thought to be extinct have been located and

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Even the list of endangered animals has grown substantially over the past few years; it seems that some species that were thought to be extinct have been located and brought back to life. If the last year animal experts witnessed rare sight of some incredibly elusive animals like the clouded leopard or the saki monkeys, this time a tiny and extremely cute species miraculously reappeared in the wild.

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After being considered a “lost species” for the past half a century, the elephant shrew has recently been found again. This endearing little mammal was previously thought to be extinct. The elephant shrews are “back on the radar” after not being seen since 1968 (the year the last sightings of the species were recorded). They were unearthed again during an expedition that took place in the nation of Djibouti, which is located in the Horn of Africa.

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Because the explorers found a large number of these animals in the region, it would appear that the elusive creatures were very good at keeping their identities a secret. Neither shrews nor elephants, the cute little things are also known as “sengi” and surprisingly (or not) they’re related to elephants; and aardvarks and manatees as well. In point of fact, their noses can be pieced together to form an elephant’s trunk. In a scaled-down version, of course!

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Over one thousand different traps were set up in a total of twelve different locations by the researchers in their pursuit of the animals. Apparently a mix of peanut butter, oatmeal and yeast was responsible for the snegi’s rediscovery.

FOUND: What is related to an elephant but the size of a mouse, has hindlimbs built like a gazelle, & was lost to science since 1968? Djibouti is the location where the Somali Sengi, a lovable species of elephant-shrew, was just recently found again. @DukeLemurCenter https://t.co/xSZYutT0CT pic.twitter.com/NJZs0Kx21g

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According to Steven Heritage, a research scientist at the Duke University Lemur Center, who spoke with the BBC, “When we opened the first trap and saw the little tuft of hair on the tip of its tail, we just looked at one another and couldn’t believe it.” “…as we glanced at each other, we realized that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. They are not particularly well-known animals, but once you get a look at them, it is impossible not to fall in love with them.

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