47 minutes | Sep 2nd 2020

The 'Rediscovery' of the Somali Elephant Shrew

In Coffee and Complain: Amber is back in Ohio and heard about snakes slithering down unsuspecting human throats on the way down. We talk about how kink shaming is lame, and sometimes your parent's friends are ... not that bright.  Also, white privilege DOES exist, even if you don't think so.

You've heard of elephants, and you might have heard of a shrew, but you probably have not heard of the Elephant Shrew (actually called Sengis). It is the size of a rat, but actually closer related to an elephant than a rodent. Scientists recently rediscovered this species after is was lost to Western society for over 50 years. However, if you ask the locals in the region of Africa in which these creatures are found, they knew all about them and where to find. So where they really lost?

Sengis have large brains, and are one of few species beside humans to have menstrual cycles. Periods are lame, period. Learn more about these not-actually-a-shrew Elephant Shrews on the latest episode of Better Than Human. 


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