Wednesday, August 10, 2011

World’s Ugliest Animal - The Naked Mole Rat

The world’s ugliest animal is the naked mole rat of East Africa. It is a hairless pink rodent with wrinkly pink skin, beady black eyes, and giant protruding teeth that it uses to dig with.

They are found in parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, and have some rather strange habits. They live for 30 years, are immune to cancer and, apart from one solitary queen mole rat who mates with two or three studly males, are largely sexually repressed.

They live in colonies of up to 300, where the small mole rats take on the jobs of workers doing colony maintenance activities whilst being protected by the larger animals.

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