Tastefully Offensive: Meet Chester Zoo's Adorably Tiny Twin Baby Elephant Shrews

May 23, 2017

Meet Chester Zoo's Adorably Tiny Twin Baby Elephant Shrews


The Chester Zoo in Cheshire, England shared this adorable video of their newborn ping pong ball-sized twin baby round-eared elephant shrews (aka round-eared sengi), who've been given the appropriate nicknames, Ping and Pong.
"They may be tiny but our new sengi duo are hugely fascinating creatures, whose closest living relative is eight thousand times their size. They were once thought to be linked to the shrew but their genetic makeup is actually closer to that of an elephant - the giveaway is their amazing trunk-like snout.

Sengis are extremely energetic little critters and have a top speed of 18mph. If scaled up, they would actually be twice as quick as the world’s fastest land mammal – the cheetah. They’re incredibly charismatic and one of the very few mammals that pair up for life."

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