21 Apr '17, 11am

Naked mole-rats can live without oxygen, they just act like plants … wait, what?:

Naked mole-rats can live without oxygen, they just act like plants … wait, what?:

In the ever beautifully bizarre world of nature’s strangest mammal, the naked-mole rat can live for nearly 20 minutes without oxygen. Here’s how. Behold the naked mole-rat, one of the world’s best creatures. OK, so maybe the festive teeth and beady eyes and wrinkled hairless skin aren’t exactly cuddly – they’re like the exact opposite of a kitten – but they are exquisitely designed to live in the habitat of their choice, tunnels beneath the hot African desert. And for that, they are the rock stars of the rodent realm. Leading such an extreme subterranean life has bestowed naked mole-rats with some pretty impressive talents. They don’t get tumors, they’re immune to chronic pain and the irritating components of chili peppers. Like social insects, they live in eusocial colonies, some 300-strong and governed by a queen. Oh, and although they are mammals – you know, warm-bloode...

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