Baby Elephant Shrew Birth at Zoo Discovered Weeks Later

March 1, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The Washington National Zoo admits an elephant shrew was born and resided for several weeks before zoo staff finally noticed it.

The zoo said in a statement to the The Washington Post, that Small Mammal House workers “did not know it had been born until they saw three elephant shrews in the exhibit instead of two.”

Zoo keepers say elephant shrew babies are known for remaining out of view for several weeks after being born, and estimate the infant shrew, was likely born sometime in late January. Since being discovered  by employees, the baby has been observed enjoying a steady diet of crickets , the zoo said.

Elephant shrews are small mammals named for the pachyderm because of their long snout. Despite their name they are not true members of the shrew family and are considered to be a close relative of the aardvark.


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