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Today’s news from the animal kingdom: radioactive rabbits, animal shelter appreciation week, polar bears and more

November 8, 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. Radioactive rabbits, I hope they at least have superpowers. A radioactive rabbit was killed near the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland, Washington. The U.S Department of Energy claims this is not unusual. All I can picture is the bunny from Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail. (OPB News).

2. National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week has started. This is the perfect time to see how you can support your animal shelter, whether you’re ready for another pet, want to make a donation, or just volunteer. Spread the word and support your local shelter! (Inside Nova)

3. Why do animals migrate? Large and small, in the air or in the sea, most animals on our planet migrate. But why? Many do it for mating purposes, to find food, or just to get some exercise. Ok, that last one I made up. Fun fact: humpback whales migrate the farthest of all animals, up to 5,000 miles one way! Learn more about these impressive journeys. (LiveScience)

4. Animal eats leg of dead HIV patient. That sentence kind of says it all doesn’t it? In a story that could only come out of India, the body of a 13  year old girl who died of an HIV infection was left outside to be eaten by dogs. Hope you weren’t eating your breakfast while reading that. (OneIndia)

5. Geese and polar bears strike uneasy agreement. Polar bears are the quintessential face of global warming. Warming climates have caused many changes in polar bears eating habits, most recently, eating the eggs of snow geese. But don’t worry about the snow geese, scientists say that snow geese aren’t endangered, and the amount of eggs polar bears are feasting on won’t be a threat to the species. (LiveScience)

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