As for their basic lifestyle, elephant shrews
may be more like really mixed-up antelopes.
"Once DNA samples have been collected, we look forward to conducting the genetic analysis required to determine whether or not this is indeed a new species of elephant shrew
," Galen Rathbun from the California Academy of Sciences said.
And a total of 349 species have been found since 1992, such as the elephant shrew
in Tanzania, it said.
The long-beaked echidna does not share much in common with the golden-rumped elephant shrew
, although both are endangered.
Even their names are odd: the golden-rumped elephant shrew
, the yellow-tailed woolly monkey, the northern hairy-nosed wombat.
Many animals with long noses (like the elephant seal and elephant shrew
) were named after elephants.
In one minute, the elephant shrew
's heart beats 800 times and its lungs take in 200 breaths, while a five ton elephant's heart beats 25 times and it takes just six slow breaths.
First, it's a story about two animals, Sloth and Sengi (a little elephant shrew
), trying to break out of the zoo.
The stunning series offers an amazing perspective on their lives, including that of the sengi, a species of elephant shrew
that has to eat every three hours, or die.
As well as the better-known elephants, lions and hippos, they are also home to species such as the bushbaby, elephant shrew
and sunbird, as well as plants like the African violet.
Washington, Sept 21 (ANI): Biologists may have discovered a new species of giant elephant shrew