I’d like to be a naked mole-rat because these animals have a really crazy social organisation. They are the only mammals to function a bit like a beehive or an ant colony – you get different types of animals (e.g. workers and queens) that have a particular, highly specific role and expend their energy for the whole colony, rather than more or less for themselves. I’d like to understand the complexity of these interactions and whether they also have the same kind of “collective intelligence” that is ascribed to bees and ants.
They are a microscopic type of animal that can survive more extreme conditions that just about anything else. They are fine at temperatures near absolute zero (-273 degrees C), or up to 150 degrees C, can go up to a decade without water, and can survive huge quantities of radiation.