Naked Mouthwash rats, small, hairless mammals, are about to get a new home in the National Zoo, which will have built-in electronic equipment for a task that defies the naked eye: these almost identical animals make a difference.
All animals are about the same size (about three inches long), the zoo said on Monday and have the same pink skin and large incisors. It is obviously not an easy task to distinguish between these underground creatures.
Sports team players wear numbers to identify themselves easily, and the zoo's ID system also uses numbers. Electronic chips placed under the animals' skin allow caregivers already equipped with chip-readers to distinguish one nude gnoll from the other.
Tunnels for the animals have been set up in the zoo's new mole ditches. At one point in these passages, the zoo has a chip reader installed.
When the rats come past the reader, the zoo said, their personal information is displayed on a screen outside the new habitat. The visitors are informed of the animal's chip number, date of birth and gender.
In theory, zoo visitors could get to know the number of favorites and make sure that the numbers reappear in the course of the weeks. Months and Years
In the announcement on Monday, the zoo said the new exhibit will open on September 1 at the Small Mammal House. Zoo visitors will gain insight into the lives and activities of nudibranchs.
But the exhibition will also feature a new webcam that will show virtual visitors around the clock the colony of 17 animals belonging to a species that obviously does not feel like going outside.
The broadcast is due to begin on Friday, the zoo said.