Animal #1 — Short-tailed Shrew

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September 11, 1981 — 10:15 am

Des Plaines, Illinois — home

I heard shuffling in the raspberry patch next to the garage and saw movement between the flagstones in the walk.  I picked up a stone and saw the Short-tailed Shrew in a small trench it had dug.  It ran up the trench under the bricks toward the raspberries.

It was approximately three-and-a half-inches long including a one-inch tail.  It’s fur was a uniform dark gray.  I didn’t see any ears or eyes.  As it moved, its pink nose wiggled rapidly.

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