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11 of the smallest mammals in the world

11 of the smallest mammals in the world

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Itty bitty fur balls

Though small size may seem like a meager trait, in the biological world it can come with some big advantages.

Small mammals can occupy ecological niches which are inaccessible to larger animals, and their petite frames make it easier to hide undetected, burrow into minor crevices or climb upon the flimsiest of branches.

They're also incredibly cute. Here's our list of some of the world's smallest mammals. (Text: Bryan Nelson)