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Today’s news from the animal kingdom: Bed bug sniffing dogs, guide horse helps blind student and dog corsets

November 15, 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. Some Animals Live A Really Long Time Did you know that there are tortoises that can live up to 400 years old? A collaborative study among Arizona State University, the New American Foundation and Slate focuses on animals whose longevity surpasses humans and what that means for the rest of us. Learn more about which animals – from Great Danes to naked mole rats – tend to live longer than what you might expect. (Slate)
  2. Miniature Guide Horse Helps Student A 28-year-old graduate student in Michigan relies on a trusty guide horse named Cali to help her get to class because her family isn’t into dogs. Turns out, guide horses like Cali are growing in popularity in the blind community, and can live to be about 50 years old. What’s more, the cuteness factor is totally not lost. (The Today Show)
  3. Isn't this adorable? (Credit: Getty Images)

    Bedbug-sniffing Dogs Raise Questions Aww! Obviously this doesn’t take away from how adorable bedbug-sniffing dogs are, but it appears that their ability to detect pests might not be as accurate as first thought. (New York Times)

  4. Bird sleuths on the hunt for deformed beaks. The United States Geological Survey needs bird watchers! STAT! They need to observe birds with beak deformities because they believe they can be signs of other environmental problems. (New York Times)
  5. There Are Some Things That Just Shouldn’t Happen For example, corsets for dogs. (Etsy)
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  1. November 16, 2010 1:40 pm

    Great story about the guide horse. Opens up a lot of possibilities, too, for disabled persons who require service animals but may be allergic to, or have a fear of, dogs.
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    Jack@PDB

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