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Naked Mole Rat

What has two large teeth, wrinkly skin and no hair?

It’s not your Great Uncle Herbert – it’s 2013’s vertebrate of the year, the naked mole rat!

Winning this title takes more than good looks, even though the researchers closest to the naked mole rat claim they are “very cute” animals.  I guess their appeal must be strong since Rufus, the naked mole rat, is a regular in Disney’s Kim Possible.  As if saving the world from evil (in animated form at least) wasn’t a good enough reason to win this esteemed recognition, these little critters have a few surprising traits that helped them earn the top spot for 2013.  (more…)