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Nudity Sells Tix at Knoxville Zoo
If you're running the Knoxville Zoo, it's never easy to compete with the big boys. They've got pandas in Memphis and Washington D.C., sure, but how do you get the hometown crowd interested in what you've got to offer? With ugly rodents, of course.
The Knoxville Zoo is so proud to announce their acquisition of a colony of Naked Mole Rats. Sure, D.C. has them too, but people are less keen to travel just for rodents. The AP describes their bodies as looked like "wrinkled hot dogs", which is unappealing on a lot of different levels. Still, the colony is a big hit with kids, who have a soft spot for the hairless rats.
We'll stick with our Butterstick cam, thank you kindly. We have enough rats at home; we don't need to pay to see them.
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