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In the Real World
Moles are apart of the family "Talpidae." There are many different variations of this species, though, interestingly enough, moles are not known to live in Africa, as shown in The Lion King. Males are called "boars" and females are called "cows." A group of moles is called a "labour." Moles have been found to live in parts of North America, Asia, and Europe. Though they are virtually blind, it is suspected that they can tell night from day.
Moles mainly eat the food that is provided to them through the soil. They will often feed on worms or other small invertebrates in the soil. They will occasionally feed on nuts. Moles have a toxin in their saliva, which helps them to save living prey for later consumption. They construct underground "larders" for just this purpose, as researchers have discovered such larders with over a thousand earthworms in them. Moles are known to be edible, though most people do not find them to be very pleasant.
Throughout their range, moles are pests. Their constant digging and tunneling disturbs livestock, agriculture, and farming machinery. In addition, other pests, such as weasels and voles, use the moles' tunnels to gain access to enclosed areas. Despite this, there have been various laws protecting moles, such as in Germany, where people can only kill moles with a permit.
The mole has only one value to humans: their fur. Their pelts are known to be extremely soft and velvety, an uncommon feature in animals that live above ground. Their fur is short and dense, a helpful tool for a burrowing animal. The natural color of a mole pelt is taupe, but it can be dyed any color. Famous people throughout history have been known to take an interest in mole pelts, such as Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom, who ordered a mole pelt in order to start a new fashion revolving around mole skins.
Though moles are not known to live in Africa, they do make one appearance in The Lion King. When Mufasa, Simba, and Zazu are walking through the Pride Lands, a mole pops out of the ground to deliver news to Mufasa. Simba pounces at the mole and tries to catch him, but to no avail. After escaping the cub, the mole comes to Zazu and delivers "news from the underground," concerning the hyenas' invasion of the Pride Lands.
- Moles are not known to reside in Africa, though they have made several appearances in The Lion King films and franchise.
- Although they are not related to true moles, a similar-looking species called the golden mole is found in southern Africa.
- The Star-Nosed Mole can detect, catch, and eat prey faster than the human eye can follow (under .3 seconds).