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The National Zoo has given us all a precious new gift: a multistory naked mole-rat dream house. (Shoutout to Rufus from Kim Possible.) It’s not every day that the Smithsonian institution opens up a new animal exhibit that is so uniquely awesome. In early September, the zoo opened Naked Mole-Rats on the Move, nearly 25 feet of winding tunnels with 16 chambers in which the little rascals scurry around eating corn, kale, and other available vegetables. Here are some naked mole-rat facts you never asked for and hopefully you’ll never forget: They live underground in colonies with a single breeding female. They have small, useless eyes that make them basically blind. While they’re mostly “naked,” they aren’t completely hairless—they have sensory whiskers on their faces and tails and hairs between their toes. They can’t maintain body temperature and huddle together for warmth. They’re the longest-living rodents in the world, approaching 30 years. Please go see them. And if you want to keep up with the tiny nudists after you’ve seen them in person, there’s a 24-hour webcam enabling you to watch them live. It’s mesmerizing. Read more>>> The exhibit is on view indefinitely at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 633-4888. nationalzoo.si.edu. (Kayla Randall)
OH AND ALSO
Canadian disco-funk rock group TWRP performs at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $15–$30.
Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit performs at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $40–$55.
The National Postal Museum displays John Lennon: The Green Album, an exhibition of the famous Beatles member’s boyhood album of 565 stamps. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free.
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