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Today’s news from the animal kingdom: fat animals, squirrel police, and RIP gangsta cat

November 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. Your animal is fat.  Animals  that live near humans are fatter than ever. This not only includes domestic dogs and cats but also rats, feral cats and lab animals. Some scientists think that this massive trend (no pun intended) may help explain why people eat more today than they did 50 years ago.

2. ‘Squirrel police’ in NYC. New York City is not taking the mauling of several innocent squirrels lightly. After two wild canines attacked the bushy-tailed rodents in a city park, undercover Park Enforcement officers were called in to patrol to area and prevent any further monkey business.

3. RIP Prince Chunk. The 44-pound feline, who was discovered on the streets of New Jersey in 2008, skyrocketed to fame because of his weight.  He died in his sleep Sunday from heart disease at age 10. He also apparently was a gangsta:

4. Most Spanish zoos at risk of animals escaping. Freedom!  It’s relatively easy for animals to escape from 75 percent of the zoos in Spain. It’s easiest for birds to fly free however, monkeys, lions, crocodiles, and other “more toothy” animals (what’s more toothy than a crocodile?!) can also make a break for it with little struggle.

5. Eternal life for mice.  Scientists have found a way to not only stop the aging process in mice but actually reverse it — Benjamin Button style. Naturally, the next step is bringing this to humans so we can all live forever because wouldn’t that be swell?

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