Babies born to Naked Mole-rats
2019.03.21.

Five pups have been born to Naked Mole-rats. This is the first breeding of this species at Riga Zoo. The family with young is seen at the exhibit at Terrarium House.

Babies were born on 21 February, but newborns were tiny, almost impossible to see, – only 1–2 centimeters long, and their weight was even less than 1 gram. Now the pups are grown bigger, and they are seen in the cave system trying to move around, and adults sometimes carry them from one place to other.

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Naked Mole-rats (Heterocephalus glaber) are rodents native to East Africa where they live in deserts. A family group (named cluster) consists of 75–80 individuals and inhabits a complex system of burrows that can stretch up to several kilometers in length. This is the only mammal species which lifestyle is similar to life of social insects like bees or ants. Within the colony, only one female (the queen) and 2–3 males reproduce, the rest are workers. The lifespan of Naked Mole-rats is up to 30 years.

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