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Today’s news: new cheetah cubs, magic pythons, and a dancing baby penguin

January 3, 2011


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. Cheetah cubs born at Smithsonian. Cheetah’s born in captivity are very rare so of course the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute was very excited to announce the birth of two cubs. The babies were born to two separate families in mid-December. (Discovery News)

He's sneakin through the tall grass - snatchin your antelopes up.

2. Manatees paddle away from Florida chill. Chilly temperatures in Florida have driven manatees to warmer waters. More than 300 manatees were seen near Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station, where water temperatures are warmer. While cold weather just makes some humans grouchy, it can seriously weaken the immune systems of manatees. (

3. Magic pythons married in Cambodia. Hundreds of villagers in Cambodia flocked to the wedding of a male and female python, who are believed to be magical and bring good luck. The ceremony somehow lasted for two hours. No word if the female was a bridezilla or what kind of gifts you bring to a python wedding. (MSNBC)

4. Rare elephant filmed in Cambodian forest. Cambodia is hogging all the animal news stories today! Anyway, the Wildlife Conservation Society has released the first ever high-quality footage of the sneaky Asian elephant in Cambodia. He was spotted chomping on some grass near a recently created conservation area. (Yale Environment 360)

5. Dancing baby penguin. What more do you need to know? Watch this little penguin dance to ring in the New Year. (TreeHugger)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2011 12:30 pm

    The dancing penguin was so cute! If we all got up every morning and did a dance like that, we’d start each day feeling happy, and so glad to be alive.

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