Get the hole picture with new Latvian "Molecam"

Latvia has a surprising number of webcams watching everything from weather to eagle's nests, swampscapes, bird feeding stations and street robberies, and now a new location has joined that number.

Researchers at the University of Sigulda, who have already made international headlines with their research on mice, are swapping white rodents for black by installing a webcam in the hole of the Eastern Baltic Mole, an endangered species inhabiting a few isolated locations in the vicinity of the town of Balvi.

The webcam is intended to track the movements, habits and breeding cycle of the moles, which are smaller than the Common Mole and distinguished from them by their snub noses and distinctive markings around their eyes which give rise to their local colloquial name of monoklitis or "monocle mole".

Live broadcasts from the burrow started today and are set to continue until the dark days of midwinter when the moles go into hibernation. You can watch the livestream below.

 

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