Solenodon hunt: Mammal shows off its venomous bite

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Scientists are in the Dominican Republic in an attempt to save one of the world's most strange and ancient mammals - the Hispaniolan solenodon.

This species has been around since the time of the dinosaurs, and is the only mammal in the world that is able to inject venom through its teeth.

To handle the animal, thick gloves need to be worn - and they prove their worth as the venomous creature attempts to bite Dr Sam Turvey, from the Zoological Society of London.

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