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Why would a box figurine depicting a pair of small insectivorous mammals native to Africa, with long noses reminiscent of an elephant trunk and a diet of insects be named “Love Story”? Because Elephant Shrews mate for life, that’s why! However, life for these furry animals is only a bleak eighteen months. Peter Calvesbert chose the weirdest monogamous creature that he could find for his tenth Romance Annual. Inscribed in the lid is NJULE, Swahili for Elephant Shrew. Now there's a bit of information that you are going to struggle to get into a conversation. These creatures run extremely fast for their size, sticking to well worn paths that they keep clear of obstacles so they can sprint to the safety of their burrow if needed. Peter’s box figurine portrays them tenderly sharing a nut, noses entwined, and tails twisted into the shape of a heart, where his signature mouse is safely ensconced.