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Cutest Baby Animals at U.S. Zoos

Cutest Baby Animals at U.S. Zoos: Short-Eared Elephant Shrew, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C.

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Short-Eared Elephant Shrew, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C.

Hold back that squeal. This little critter and his siblings (all yet to be named) are some of the newest additions to the Smithsonian Zoo’s Small Mammal House. Short-eared elephant shrews remain tiny for their entire lives, growing to only about four inches and weighing around one ounce. But, interestingly, they’re more closely related to elephants than shrews (which are small, furry mammals).

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