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__________________________________________________________________________________ Mammals 33 Ė Pigmy Shrews
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PYGMY SHREW Sorex minutus
∑ The Pigmy Shrew Sorex minutus is the smallest British mammal. The bloodied nose of this individual has presumably been acquired during a fight with another member of the same species and these belligerent little creatures lead short, frenetic and highly active lives. Their high metabolism requires a regular supply of food (proven to have been equivalent to the animalís body-weight in a captive study*) so there will be multiple periods of hunting activity during each day interspersed with periods of rest.
∑ *'Collins Field Guide Mammals of Britain & Europe', David Macdonald & Priscilla Barrett, HarperCollins, 1993 ISBN 0 00 219779 0
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