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Today’s news: Mercury makes birds gay, teenage sharks are lame, and baby animals are cute

December 3, 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. Mercury poisoning makes male birds gay. Scientists have discovered that mercury in the diets of male white ibises causes the birds to mate with each other rather than with females. These male-male pairs court, build nests together and cuddle, which leaves the ladies lonely and without baby. While the study concluded that mercury would likely affect other bird species in a similar way, it didn’t find any evidence for increased homosexuality in humans from this type of poisoning. (New Scientist)

2. A teenage white shark’s bite is kind of lame. An adolescent white shark may try and attack you, but it’s bark is worse than its bite. It takes years for a shark’s jaw to develop into a killing weapon. Before that, it’s too weak to bring down its prey. (Discovery News)

Cutest gorilla in the world.

Oh, hello. I'm cute.

3. Baby animals too cute for words. This slideshow features some of the cutest endangered species born in 2010. All we can say is — AWWW! (Discovery News)

4. Snowing cats and dogs. ‘Tis the season for pet giving — and returning. Make sure your child, friend, and anyone else is truly ready for an animal before you give them one for the holidays. Because remember, while Fido may be cute with a big red bow around his neck, when he starts leaving presents of his own around the house, his popularity may wane. (

5.  Kill feral cats to control them. That’s what a recent University of Nebraska at Lincoln study suggets since spaying and neutering these cats apparently does nothing to control the population. Cat lovers in those communities are outraged by the suggestion — and the report’s “how to shoot cat” section. (MSNBC)

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