It may surprise you, but not everything about 2020 has been bad. In this article, we will discuss something positive that happened in 2020. The thing we will discuss has to do with the cute creature in the photos below.

This small animal with fur is called the Somali elephant shrew (or Somali sengi). It has been found in Africa again after not being seen for 50 years. People thought this type of animal no longer existed.

#1 The Somali elephant shrew has been found in Africa again after being missing since 1968.

Elephant Shrews
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A group of scientists found a baby in Djibouti, a country in Africa, and the baby was safe and healthy.

The scientists wanted to find out about the mysterious sightings that had been reported in Djibouti, so they have gone there to check it out.

#2 During the expedition, the group of scientists saw a total of 12 Somali elephant shrews.

Elephant Shrews
Image credits: Smithsonian’s National Zoo

“We didn’t know which animals were in Djibouti. When we saw a small tufted tail, we realized it was special,” Steven Heritage, a research scientist at Duke University’s Lemur Center, told BBC.

Researchers set up over 1,000 traps at 12 different places to catch Somali elephant shrews. They mixed peanut butter, oatmeal, and yeast to lure the shrews.

#3 We were very happy when we saw an elephant shrew in the first trap we opened. It was a Somali sengi.

Elephant Shrews
Image credits: Mallory Lindsay

It is important to note that the people of Djibouti did not think the sengis were lost, but this new discovery brings them back into the scientific community.

Steven Heritage told the BBC that it is great to find this special animal again, especially during a difficult time for our planet. It gives us hope for other small mammals on our list, like the DeWinton’s golden mole (a relative of the sengi) and the Ilin Island cloud runner.


Elephant Shrews
Image credits: Smithsonian’s National Zoo

“The Somali sengi has been found living in the wild. This is good news because it means that we can work to protect it and make sure it does not become extinct.”  Kelsey Neam from Global Wildlife Conservation said this to the BBC.

#5 This animal is very small and can fit in the palm of your hand.

Elephant Shrews
Image credits: Josh More

On the whole, There are 20 species of elephant shrews in the world, and the Somali sengi is one of the most mysterious ones in the animal world.

This animal looks very unusual. It is cute but strange. It looks like a mouse at first, but it also has a small nose like an elephant’s trunk. Some of the Somali sengi’s are related to the ardvark, elephant, and manatee.

#6 They are not very famous animals, but when you see them, it is hard not to love them.

Elephant Shrews
Image credits: Smithsonian’s National Zoo

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