The Incredible Story of Africa's Lost-and-Found Elephant Shrew

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Sadly, thousands of endangered species of animals, insects and plants struggle to survive every day. In many cases, human interaction and habitat encroachment have accelerated the extinction process, resulting in the sudden unfortunate disappearance of creatures on a far too frequent basis.

These stories don’t often have happy endings, but occasionally a life form believed to be long gone suddenly reappears, shocking the scientific community. Enter the wild African elephant shrew — also known as the Somali sengi — the adorable little creature that decided the chaos of 2020 was the perfect time to make its grand reappearance. Let’s take a more in-depth look at this little guy’s story.