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Today’s news from the animal kingdom: Breast cancer in pets, a giraffe in love, and a seeing-eye donkey

October 25, 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. Why you should check your pet for breast cancer
     Most people know October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month but few know that  the disease also affects dogs and cats. Luckily, there are several things that can be done to prevent this type of cancer in pets, including early spaying. Read the full article at Petside.com.
  2. GPS devices put into African Rhinos’ horns
     In an effort to protect rhinos from poachers, the North West Park Board installed GPS chips into five Rhinos’ horns in Africa. As a result, the Board will receive alarms on their phones of certain suspicious activities, like if the rhino starts running or if it’s asleep for more than six hours. Read the article on BBC.co.uk.
  3. Lonely giraffe gets a girlfriend 
    After a four-year, nationwide search — and several unsuccessful dates (including one with a goat named Eddie) — Gerald the giraffe has finally found a mate. Genevieve — a statuesque, Eastern European beauty — traveled across the continent to reach her lover in England.  Read the full love story on BBC.co.uk.
  4. Seeing-eye donkey
     What a great ass! Recca the donkey lends her best friend, a blind horse named Costar, a hoof with basic daily tasks, including drinking water. Read the full story on Iowa’s 14 News.
  5. Kittens stir up trouble in Florida town
     A suspicious-looking package in front of the Social Security building in Sharpes, Fla. caused some concern in town and shut down parts of a major road. Turns out it was just a box of adorable kittens. Read the full story on MSNBC.com.

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