Check out this adorable, speedy little insectivore!
The rufous sengi (ROOF-us SEN-gee) or elephant shrew — Elephantulus rufescens — is one of my all-time favorite animal species. Who can resist that adorable, flexible little nose and those huge black eyes? But wait until you see this little thing speed through its well-maintained system of trails in the eastern African grassland, making lightning-fast turns to avoid predators! When it stops, it moves its flexible little snout around to sniff for danger, then resumes hunting for insects or removing debris from its trail system so that nothing slows it down.
There are nineteen different species of sengi or elephant shrew, and they not only have their own family, but they make up an entirely unique order — the Macroscelidea.
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