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Today’s news: our most bizarre animal round-up yet

January 5, 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. Vulture arrested as spy in Saudi Arabia. Paranoia has reached an all time high in Saudi Arabia. A vulture has been detained and accused of spying for Israel’s Mossad foreign intelligence agency. The spy-vulture had a transmitter and leg bracelet placed on him by Israeli scientists in Tel Aviv. I’m going to start working on the screenplay for this eventual movie right now. (Livescience)


2. Border Collie breaks vocabulary record. And you think your dog is smart! Chaser knows the words of 1,022 object, making him the dog with the world’s largest human vocabulary. He destroyed the former record, which was set by another border collie – he only learned 200 words. Whatever, cats still think they’re smarter. (Discovery News)

3. Chef Gordon Ramsay’s life threatened while investigating shark abuse. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay recently traveled to Costa Rica to investigate shark finning for a new show. While there, he met with gangsters involved in the trade who ended up covering him with gasoline and holding him at gunpoint. Local police told him to leave the country or risk being shot. Gangsters don’t mess around. (

4. Cats get sick when routine changes. Cats really don’t like it when you mess with their routine. In fact, it might even make them physically sick. Researchers found that “both healthy and chronically ill cats showed more signs of illness, like vomiting, coughing up hairballs, and defecating outside the litter box, after disruptions in their daily routines.” So for less clean up for yourself, and for a happier cat, maintain a routine for your kitty. (Discovery News)

Having me as a pet is a really good way to fly under the radar. #spyfail

5. Russian spy gets her dream pet – a lion. I told you this was our most bizarre round-up ever. We have TWO spy-related animal stories. Russian spy Anna Chapman, who has become a tabloid sensation in her native country since being exposed as a sleeper agent in the U.S., went on a talk show recently and expressed her desire to have a lion cub as a pet. Then she got one. If only we could all be gorgeous Russian spies.

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