Naked Mole-rats Can Go 18 Minutes Without Oxygen

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Though they may look ugly to us, naked mole-rats never want for friendship. The hairless rodents live in large colonies under the earth, inhabiting byzantine warrens under the soil of their native East Africa. They send foraging parties out through the dirt in search of the tree roots and tubers that sustain them, and when it comes time to rest, they gather together in a massive pile to sleep.

Their isolation offers security, but being cut off from the surface poses its own dangers. Even

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