Sunday, October 5, 2008

Zoo News: Anyone else see the humor in this?

From the Peoria Zoological Society "Zoo Tales" newsletter, Sept. 2008

First successful breeding of Giant Zambian Mole-rats at Peoria Zoo

Peoria Zoo welcomes its newest arrival, a Giant Zambian molerat, born June 2, 2008. This marks the Zoo's first surviving offspring of this species. Mole-rats are built for life underground. Their streamlined shape and short legs enable them to move easily in their narrow burrows. Their eyes are small and can probably only detect light and dark. Even though their ears are also small, they use squeak, grunts and growls to communicate. The most notable feature of the giant mole-rats is a pair of large incisors that lie outside the mouth. Giant mole-rats excavate their burrows by biting at the soil with their incisors. They can move their lower jaws independently of each other making them a very versatile set of tools. The loosened soil is pushed under their bodies with their forefeet and then collected and kicked behind them with their hind feet.

Umm, I would submit that there is a REASON no one else has tried to breed giant Zambian Mole Rats. Call me shallow, but does this make you want to run for your checkbook? Stay tuned for next months update on the Zoo's latest project "Cloning a household cockroach".

This is a joke - I have nothing against the zoo!

4 comments:

newsanchormom.com said...

It sounds like an exhibit for little boys. I know my five-year-old loves the bat cave. It grosses me out. He would probably love rats and cockroaches too! Hah! I remember reading that story on the air when the babies were born and wondering exactly what a giant mole rat baby looks like. Hmmmm..

ImaSwede said...

Apparently none of the employees at the zoo have ever lived in Chicago.....

http://video.nbc5.com/player/?id=183973

imaSwede said...

Great picture!


http://www.brookfieldzoo.org/czs/Brookfield/Exhibit-and-Animal-Guide/Fragile-Desert/Naked-Mole-Rat

Chef Kevin said...

Are they sure they are all there? I live close to the zoo and something is tearing up my backyard!