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Today’s news from the animal kingdom: the animal with the biggest balls, a chimp that smokes, and police rats

November 10, 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. Travelers get adrenaline rush from getting close to dangerous creatures . While it’s hard to imagine someone wanting to come face-to-face with a massive meat-eating animal, we realize that people are weird:  So-called adrenaline junkies (aka idiots) are heading into the jungle in hopes of stumbling upon big game. Some may find this fun, but seeing as a lion killed a tourist in his hotel room last week, we’re going to stick to bungee jumping to get our thrill. (MSNBC)

2. Cricket has the world’s biggest testicles. The balls on this creature are seriously impressive. They make up 14 percent of its body mass — basically taking up its entire abdomen. (Think about that for a second, men.) But the goods may just be for show as this guy ejaculates less than insects with smaller balls. Looks like Mother Nature played a cruel joke on the fella. (National Geographic)

3. Rats sniff out danger in war zone. Watch out German Shepherds, you may be replaced by a rat. Not only are these rodents being trained to sniff out TNT in landmines, but scientists say the next rat frontier is teaching them to find narcotics and search for survivors of disasters. (Discovery News)

4. Smoking chimp rescued, headed to rehab in Brazil. A zoo in Lebanon encouraged its 12-year-old chimp,  Omega, to smoke cigarettes to entertain visitors.  When animal rights activist found out, they immediately made plans to evacuate the chimp to a non-smoking zoo in Brazil. Lebanon has virtually no animal rights protection laws, and we hope now that Omega is in a more humane place, he’ll be able to kick the habit. (NDTV)

5. New self-cloning lizard found in Vietnam restaurant. Last week it was a boa constrictor’s immaculate conception that shocked the animal kingdom. This week scientist hit us with a double whammy. Not only is a popular food on Vietnamese menus a new type of lizard, but this all-female species also reproduces via cloning.  (National Geographic)

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One Comment leave one →
  1. November 10, 2010 11:07 pm

    #2. was really a shocker!

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