"In many ways, finding this species was exactly what we had expected," Larry Heaney, curator of mammals at Chicago's Field Museum, said. Sky island habitats are replete with rare and unique species, so it's no wonder this special shrew lives there. "There could be many new species on these high mountainous regions in the Philippines, but because they are so high, and hard to get to, knowledge of their existence is awfully limited."
This newest find took a while to definitely determine as a new species — the shrew was first spotted in 2007, and has hardly been seen since. Perhaps only one photograph exists of the little animal, who has a pointy nose, thick gray fur and special claws perfect for digging in the dirt for worms.