Elephant shrew rediscovered in Africa after 50 years of hiding

Elephant shrew rediscovered in Africa after 50 years of hiding

- A high-profile animal has been rediscovered in Djibouti 50 years after it was thought to have become extinct

- The animal, which is called elephant shrew, or 'sengi', has a long tail and trunk-like nose

- Coconut and peanut butter were used as bait to lure the animal into rediscovery

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The elephant shrew, also known as a 'sengi', has been rediscovered in Africa after 50 years of hearing nothing about the high-profile species.

The animal, which has a long tail and a trunk-like nose, was found living in a well-preserved habitat in Djibouti, Good News Network reports.

Interestingly, it took only one trap filled with coconut, peanut butter and yeast to lure the animal out of its hiding place, Briefly.co.za has learnt.

A research scientist at Duke University in the United States told the Guardian that it was unbelievable when the discovery was made.

According to him, surveys conducted on the small mammal since the 1970s had not found sengi in Djibouti. He added that this discovery was by chance.

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The animal lives in a habitat that is unsuitable to most human activities. This factor has allowed it to remain relatively undisturbed and secure.

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Coconut and peanut butter were used as bait for the rediscovery of the animal. Photo credit: Steven Heritage at Global Wildlife
Source: UGC

The Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) had placed sengi on its 25 Most Wanted List of missing species.

Robin Moore of the GWC said:

“Usually when we rediscover lost species, we find just one or two individuals and have to act quickly to try to prevent their imminent extinction."

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that a young Nigerian man identified as Tosin Arogundade invented a pressing iron that uses gas.

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Tosin said he, alongside one other person, had been working on the project for three years, adding that their invention is up to standard.

The young man has joined other Nigerians who have demonstrated that the country has a lot of creative minds that will go places if given the opportunity to showcase their creativity.

Tosin said they need help for their invention to be mass-produced for use. The young man's invention is timely in a country where electricity is one of the major problems facing the populace.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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