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Today’s news from the animal kingdom: Fish are kinky

October 19, 2010

Here are five fascinating articles that the humans (and animals) at Current Instincts are reading today. Did we miss something major? Let us know below or send us an email.

  1. Fish had ‘fun’ sex first
    You may want to thank your goldfish for your sex life. Scientists recently discovered that fish were the first species to have intimate relations and that their jaws evolved not for feeding, but to facilitate mating. Read the full story on Discovery News.
  2. Pee is the key to understanding climate change
    The prehistoric urine of a hyrax — a guinea-pig-like mammal — may help scientist better understand climate change throughout the world. Read the full story on National Geographic.
  3. Mountain goat kills hikers in rare attack
    A mountain goat attacked — and killed — a hiker at a national park in Washington state this past weekend. The details of the attack are uncertain however, U.S. park officials are calling this an extremely rare incident and are reminding people to stay away from wildlife. Read the full story on Discovery News.
  4. Let coyotes, not hunters, control Valley Forge deer
    Why use humans and guns when you have one of mother nature’s most powerful hunters at your disposal? Animal-rights advocates in Pennsylvania are rallying to increase the number of coyotes in Valley Forge to keep a “predatory check” on the deer population. Read the full story in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
  5. Pessimistic dogs have greater separation anxiety
    Does your dog think his bowl is half empty or half full? By testing puppies’ mindsets, researchers were able to determine the likelihood of a pooch suffering from separation anxiety. Read the full story on MSNBC.com.
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