These are also called the Somali Elephant Shrew. They are in fact, not shrews. They are more closely related to elephants, aardvarks, and manatees than they are rodents. They were a lost to science species for a long time. They'd last been documented in 1968, but were rediscovered this year. It had been thought that they were endemic to Somalia, but now they've been found in Djibouti and it is thought they may be in Ethiopia as well. They may possibly not even be endangered or critically endangered, but there is no knowledge about what their numbers really are. Interestingly, while they are insectivores, the traps that caught them were baited with a mix of peanut butter, oatmeal, and yeast. These little things are extremely fast, running up to 18mph.
We went and got a tree today. Sorry, this is a picture from my husband's very very old phone that has a horrible camera. One of the benefits of living in Oregon is the mass numbers of Christmas trees. The two places we used to go have closed, so we had to drive 45 minutes to get to this place. Still, any of the trees there for $20.00 is worth the drive. The fancy places charge $10.00 per foot. I prefer the ones where they We like to put it in our 2 storey foyer, so it means we can get a tall tree. That is helpful since we need to have at least a 2 or 3 foot bare space at the bottom of the tree so that our blind terrier doesn't accidentally stab himself in the eyes with tree branches that he's not prepared for. If we had a blind dog safe tree in the back of the house, we would have about half bare trunk and half tree. Now I need to get cracking on the ornaments.