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Today’s news from the animal kingdom: Flying crocodiles, painting pups, and movie directing monkeys

October 22, 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. World’s largest domestic cat stretches 4 feet
A Maine Coon cat, resident of Reno, Nevada, has broken the Guiness World Record for longest cat. Five year old Stewie measures 48.5 inches long, or a little over 4 feet. Stewie beat the previous record, also set by a Maine Coon, by just half an inch. Read more about Stewie on MSNBC.

2. Polar bears, Bush and Obama to meet in court
A federal judge has ordered the Obama Administration to review the endangered status of polar bears. In 2008 the Bush Administration declared the polar bears threatened, a less serious listing than endangered. The clarification is important because endangered animals get better protection from the federal government. Read about the coming battle on MSNBC.

3. You can’t bring crocodiles on to airplanes
A concealed crocodile caused an airplane crash in the Congo. The small reptile was hidden in a bag of one of the passengers. He escaped during the flight, causing a stampede which led to the plane crashing. See if the croc made it on the Telegraph.

4. Artistic pets raise money for animal shelter
Cats and dogs in an animal shelter in Detroit are helping their own cause. Featured artwork by cats Duncan and Isadora will go on sale to help raise money for the Dearborn Animal Shelter. The paintings, called Pupcatsos, were painted by animals of the shelter using non-toxic, easy to wash off paint. The bidding will start at $100. Read the full story on Freep.

5. Monkey directs and creates her own films
One of the hottest directors today hasn’t worked with Angelina — yet. Capucine,  capuchin monkey, has had her film Oedipe accepted into the Clermont-Ferrand film festival in France. She adjusts equipment, communicates orders, and edits clips. Capucine started her career as a service monkey to a quadriplegic men, but everyone quickly noticed her interest in television and film. Read more about Capucine on Discovery News.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. jackweiland permalink
    October 22, 2010 9:44 am

    Anyone who votes for anything other than the monkey thing deserves to be shot.

    • jackweiland permalink
      October 22, 2010 9:45 am

      In fact I went ahead and voted twice. That’s how good it is.

      Although I’m pretty disappointed they couldn’t come up with a more creative name for her. It’d be like if I was named Human.

  2. October 22, 2010 3:25 pm

    While the editors of Current Instincts agree with your assessment of Capucine’s name, we strongly disagree with your violent reaction to dissenting views.

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