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Today’s news from the animal kingdom: Eels power a Christmas tree, couple uses Twitter find missing mutt

December 6, 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. New Insect Is A Small Pain Texas researchers have discovered a new venomous species in Yosemite National Park. Aside from being pretty gross-looking – it resembles a cockroach with claws – it’s relatively harmless to humans because it’s only half-an-inch long. They have dubbed it “Parobisium yosemite.” (Discovery News)

    Parobisium yosemite

    Yuck. (Photo Credit: Texas Tech University)

  2. Missing Dog Launches Unconventional Search It’s every dog owner’s worst nightmare: when their beloved pet runs away. A Massachusetts couple is on the hunt for Marisol, a 3-year-old mutt who was attacked by a pit bull during a walk and ran off, and are embracing social media, including Twitter, to track her down. (the Boston Globe)
  3. Sperm Whales Filled With Pollutants Well this doesn’t sound good. According to a new study, sperm whales living near the Galapagos Islands, which are apparently “UNESCO-protected” and “had been considered pristine,” were found to have several man-made pollutants, including pesticides, in their systems. (MSNBC)
  4. A New Way To Save Electricity This Holiday Season Electric eels are powering a Christmas tree at an aquarium in Japan. We realize this probably isn’t a feasible energy source for everyone, but it sounds like a great conversation starter at their holiday party. (Discovery News)
  5. Save Animals’ Homes, Save Them Scientists are in the process of mapping and categorizing endangered ecosystems in an effort to learn how to make better use of conservation habitats. By saving where the animals live, there’s hope we can help save the animals themselves. “You usually get ecosystem decline occurring first, and then species decline later on,” said a conservation biologist working on the project quoted in the story. (the Washington Post)
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