Monday, June 18, 2012

Mole Rat Moves


Last month, the naked mole rats were bivouacked in an unused classroom at Pacific Science Center while their new lodgings were being constructed. During that time, Animal Care Lead Brianna Todd took advantage of the situation to record some mole rat activity.

The following video shows of some of the mole rats’ typical behaviors through a tube section in their colony. Are you are as amused as Brianna was at their movements?


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Incidentally, the clicking sound you hear on the video is the chewing of the tube walls by other mole rats in the colony.

Read about some of the fascinating research by done on naked mole rats in this article from The Scientist magazine’s June issue: http://the-scientist.com/2012/06/01/underground-supermodels/

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