Feel Good Story of the Week: Tiny Elephant Shrew Rediscovered After Going Missing For 50 Years

A mouse-sized elephant shrew that had been lost to science for 50 years has been discovered alive and well in the Horn of Africa. The Somali sengi hadn’t been documented by researchers since 1968. In 2019, scientists set out to search for it, following tips from the region in neighboring Djibouti. The team set traps in likely locations, baiting them with a concoction of peanut butter, oatmeal and yeast, and caught a Somali sengi in the very first trap set, identifying it by the tuft of fur on its tail that distinguishes it from other sengi species.

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