March 1, 2009
Elephant shrew’s birth a mystery at zoo
The National Zoo says an elephant shrew was born and resided at the Washington tourist site for several weeks before zoo staff finally noticed it.
The zoo said in a statement that Small Mammal House workers
did not know it had been born until they saw three elephant shrews in the exhibit instead of two, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
Elephant shrews are small mammals named for the pachyderm because of their long snout. They are not true members of the shrew family and are considered to be a close relative of the aardvark.