When is a mouse like an elephant?

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When it’s a sengi!

This strange little critter has been discovered in the deserts of Namibia and is part of a family of mammals called Afrotheria, which includes elephants and aardvarks. I think the ‘Afro’ relates to them originating in Africa – although an animal with an Afro would be pretty cool.

Scientists spent years trying to find and identify different types of sengi by setting traps filled with peanut butter, oats and marmite. The sticky, tasty treat caught them 23 specimens and 15 were of a new species. Just goes to show there’s a lot out there we still haven’t discovered.

Read the full article on the LA Times website.

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