Even as the list of endangered animals has grown bigger and bigger over the past few years, it seemed that some species thought to be extinct had been rediscovered.
If last year, animal experts witnessed rare sightings of some extremely elusive animals such as cloud leopards or saki monkeys; this time, a small and adorable species miraculously has taken over reappeared in the wild.
The elephant shrew has been rediscovered after the cute little creatures were listed as “lost species” for the past 50 years. With the last sightings of the species recorded in 1968, the elephant shrew was “back on the radar.”
They were rediscovered during an expedition in Djibouti, a country in the Horn of Africa.
Apparently, the elusive creatures were well hidden, as explorers confirmed there were a lot of these animals in the area.
Neither shrews nor elephants, these cute little things are also known as “sengi,” and surprisingly (or not), they are related to elephants; and also nightingales and manatees. In fact, their noses put together an elephant’s trunk. In miniature, of course!
To track them down, the researchers used more than 1,000 traps in 12 separate locations. Apparently, the combination of peanut butter, oatmeal, and yeast led to the rediscovery of the snegi.
Steven Heritage, a research scientist at Duke University’s Lemur Center, said: “When we opened the first trap and saw a small tuft of hair on the tip of its tail, we just looked at each other and couldn’t believe it.”
“… We looked at each other and knew it was something special. They’re not famous animals, but when you see them, you can’t help but fall in love with them.”
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? The Somali Sengi, an adorable elephant-shrew was recently rediscovered in Djibouti. @DukeLemurCenterhttps://t.co/xSZYutT0CT pic.twitter.com/NJZs0Kx21g
— Re:wild (@rewild) August 18, 2020