What is an elephant shrew and can I keep one as a pet?

May 22, 2017 3:18 pm Last Updated: May 22, 2017 3:18 pm

Sengi, or elephant shrews or jumping shrews, are tiny mouse-like creatures that are actually related to the elephant (and the aardvark and manatee).

These little critters are nomadic, and move from home to home to stave off predators (mainly birds). They are also shy and

They live only in Africa (but have been brought to the California Academy of Sciences to be studied), and are endangered animals, so no, you won’t be able to keep one of these adorable animals as pets.

Recently, twin sengi were born at the Chester Zoo!

They were named Ping and Pong by the zookeepers.