Incredible Blind Animals That are Hardly Senseless

Naked Mole Rat

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In the comic Daredevil, mild-mannered Mathew Murdock is blinded when a chemical spills onto his face from a passing truck. With his vision impaired, the rest of his senses become heightened.

Plot devices aside, nature is full of animals that, lacking highly a highly-developed sense of sight, are able to accomplish incredible things with their other senses.

The unusual naked mole rat is certainly one of them. From their small lungs and low metabalisms—which help them survive in oxygen-deprived tunnels—to their unique colony social structure—which has more in common with ants and bees than other mammals—naked mole rats are highly adapted to their life underground.

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