Sunday, January 5, 2014

Congrats Rats!

Naked mole rat lovers around the world are delighted, but not surprised, that naked mole rats are Science magazine’s “2013 Vertebrate of the Year “. In the December 20, 2013 issue, the editors cite current research on naked mole rats’ longevity and apparent immunity to cancer as reasons for this honor.

Visitors to Pacific Science Center and readers of this blog have long been fascinated with these exceptional rodents for their many unique traits such as eusocial living, poikilothermic metabolism, and low oxygen requirements. Oh, and let’s not forget their ability to moonwalk!

Remember, all naked mole rat fans can watch our colony’s antic 24/7 on our two webcams. Just click on this link -

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