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Today’s news from the animal kingdom: Funny-looking monkeys, more animals running amok, and a killer goat update

October 29, 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. New species of snub-nosed monkey discovered in Myanmar
    Move over chimps. There’s a new kid in town. Scientist recently discovered a new species of monkey whose upturned nostrils not only cause it to sneeze when it rains but also make it look super silly.  Read more on BBC News.
  2. Escaped cow creates chaos in Tennessee
    Last week it was a chimp. This week it’s a cow.  We here at Current Instincts aren’t sure why so many animals are running amok these days, but we must admit, we’re kinda jealous it hasn’t happened in our towns (minus the injured humans, naturally). Read more about — and see pics of — the wild cow chase on  Channel 4 Nashville.
  3. Purple poppies for animals
    Here’s a Veteran’s Day idea from our animal lovers across the pond. The UK’s largest animal rescue organization, Animal Aid, has released a purple poppy pin for Armistice Day (Nov. 11) to commemorator the animal lives lost during  human conflicts. The group writes on its website, “The purple poppy is designed to be worn alongside the traditional red one – or the white ‘peace poppy’ – as a reminder that animals are also victims of war.” Read more in The Evening Courier.
  4. UPDATE Killer goat was in ‘rut’
    No, not in A rut (it is a goat after all), but IN ‘rut’, meaning in a breeding condition. A necropsy of the mountain goat, who killed a hiker October 16 in a Washington state park, revealed he did not have any diseases or injuries when he attacked the man, and that his delicate sexual state may be to blame for his aggressive and unusual behavior. Read more in The Seattle Times.
  5. UPDATE Coyotes lose, hunters win
    A judge in Pennsylvania ruled that the killing of deer in Valley Forge for population control may proceed as planned. Earlier this month, animal-rights advocates — who felt that sharpshooters were an inhumane approach to population control — rallied to increase the number of coyotes in Valley Forge to keep a natural predatory check on the deer. Read the judge’s verdict in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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