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Today’s news: Poop is unsanitary, jets turn crocs on, and penguins are geniuses

December 22, 2010

Here are some 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. It’s bad for kids to eat raccoon poop. Raccoon don’t just do their business anywhere — they use the same spot repeatedly, creating a raccoon outhouse of sorts. While this poses no danger to other animals, it can be deadly to humans if ingested. No shit. (LiveScience)

2. Cuteness alert: Adorable video of 17-puppy litter. A German dog gave birth to 17 pups — and all survived. All are also extremely cute. (MSNBC)

3.  How penguins got their coats. Millions of years ago, penguins lived in warm climates, but these smart birds knew life wouldn’t always be so cushy. To prepare for the chilly future, they grew themselves a classy tuxedo coat. As a result, they’ve been around for 40 million years. Pretty impressive. (LiveScience)

Penguin = Genius.

Penguin = Genius.

4. Top 10 monogamous animals. Squirrels may like to sleep around, but these ten creatures mate for life. And some of these guys — like the Argiope Aurantia Spiders —  use pretty drastic measures — aka removing limbs during sex — to ensure the fidelity of their partners.  (LiveScience)

5. Jets turn crocodiles on. The sound from a supersonic jet is similar to a crocodile’s natural mating call so when they hear the boom boom they want to boom boom. However, crocs are picky fellas and they only want to have sex with the exact creature that made the call. Since animals can’t mate with jets (yet), there must a lot of frustrated crocodiles in the world. (Treehugger)

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