Behold the glory that is the naked mole rat. No, seriously. Sure, these little rodents are breathtakingly ugly, but they're also among the most singularly awesome animals on the planet, and we don't use that term lightly.
For instance, did you know that mole rats are incapable of feeling pain? They also live more like insects than mammals, with ginormous underground colonies and strict social hierarchies. And aside from the U.S. women's soccer team, queen mole rats may be the fiercest females on the planet. For more details, join Trace Dominguez in today's DNews special report on the wild world of mole rats.
NY Times: Scientists Amazed By The Mole Rat's Bizarre Behavior
ScienceDaily: Naked Mole-rats Bear Chili Pepper Heat
Smithsonian Mag: 14 Fun Facts About Naked Mole Rats