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Today’s news from the animal kingdom: NASA hates monkeys and the squirrel war claims its first victim

December 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. Fear for eagles’ safety halts wind projects. A wind farm project in California is being put on hold for fear that the spinning turbines will harm protected golden eagles in the area. The U.S. Bureau of Land Development has stopped issuing wind permits on public land after wildlife officials invoked a law protecting eagles. It’s kind of hard to tell who to side with on this one. (MSNBC)

If you radiate me I'm not sharing my fruit with you.

2. NASA halts monkey radiation experiment for now. NASA’s plan to radiate spider monkeys has at least been put on hold, if not canceled completely, after hearing outrage from animal rights groups. The plan was to expose 27 spider monkeys to high-energy gamma-ray radiation so researchers could observe the effects on the monkey’s health and performance. I feel like I can predict the results of this experiment: health and performance will go down. Can I be a scientist too? (MSNBC)

3. New lemur with big feet, long tongue discovered. Primatologists believe they have discovered a new species of lemur in Madagascar. Researchers first came across the lemur in 1995 and believe he is the fifth type of “fork-marked” lemur in the world. (Discovery News)

4. Woman shocked to find squirrel in toilet. A woman in Oklahoma was shocked to find a squirrel swimming in her toilet which led to a hilarious 911 call. My favorite part is:

DISPATCHER: But it’s not like one of your animals like a cat or something?

CALLER: No. My cat is in my office, behaving herself.

What a good cat! We told you squirrels meant business. (MSNBC)

5. Lost sea lion gets escorted off highway. A sea lion trying to make it’s way down a highway in Oregon got a little help from state troopers. Police say the sea lion entered the highway from a national park. They eventually helped him get back to the Pacific Ocean.

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