This Is the Smallest Living Mammal in the World

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All animals are tiny and cute when they are born, but some of them remain little and adorable even when they grow up.

The smallest mammals in the world are easy to miss; you have to look closely if you want to spot them. Two of them are fighting for the title of the smallest mammal on Earth, and it’s hard to say which one wins – one is the lightest while the other one is the shortest.

The lightest mammal in the world is an Etruscan shrew, measuring at only 2 grams or less.

But there’s actually one smaller species! Kitti’s hog-nosed bat, also named bumblebee bat, is around an inch long which is truly incredible for a mammal.