Thursday, July 21, 2005

Mole Rats.

If there was a prize for best opening line in a Natural History journal, this one is the winner:
‘It’s a subterranean dynasty ruled by a queen who, like her subjects, looks like a four-legged penis with a tail and buck teeth’*

Here’s the animal in question, the naked mole rat:

Here’s the super cute and perky Disney version from the cartoon series Kim Possible.
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In my search for mole rats on the web I came across this rather sweet piccy I just had to share with you. A mole rat in the land of juicy chocolate turnips. Awww.... I lubs it :D

That concludes my posts containing extracts from this particular issue of Nature Australia (highly recommended reading).

* Pollard, Simon D., ‘Queens of the Desert’, Nature Australia, Spring 2004, page 72


mark said...

I must admit I laughed out loud at the start of this post :D

Zak said...

It is with some disappointment that I notice the Disney version looks nothing like a penis.

It wouldn't be the first time they've sanitised the facts for the kiddies.