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Today’s news: fish are smart, dogs like you even if you’re crazy, and an alligator that wants to be on Jersey Shore

January 10, 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. Fish are as smart as college students. (Or, for our pessimistic readers, college students are as dumb as fish.) Scientists have discovered that mosquito fish have the same numerical skills as humans with a high school degree: They can count up to a hundred, however, ratios confuse the hell out of them. (National Geographic)

2. Your dog doesn’t care if you’re crazy. This is excellent news for all the nut-job dog owners out there (present company included). A new study finds that not only does your dog not care if you’re weird, but he or she probably doesn’t even notice you’re odd tendencies. Just more proof that man’s best friend doesn’t judge. (Discovery News)

The ultimate BFF.

3. School to allow 12-year-old epileptic boy’s service dog. After a much public debate, a school in Virginia has agreed to allow Andrew, a young boy who experiences up to 20 seizures a day, to bring his service dog, Alaya, to school. What does Alaya do? The German Shepard has a magnet on her collar, and when Andrew is on the verge of a seizure, she licks his face and swipes her collar over a nerve stimulator in Andrew’s chest, which eases the severity of the seizure, and sometimes even forestalls it completely. Pretty amazing. (MSNBC)

4. An alligator gets a bad spray tan. No longer into his natural coloring, a gator in Florida decided to dye himself orange. OK, it probably wasn’t the gator’s idea, but the image of an alligator in a spray tan booth makes us giggle. The real cause of this chameleon-like move? He probably swam into some orange dye. (See — isn’t it way better to think he was imitating Pauly D?) (LiveScience)

5. Map of recent mass animal deaths. So we learned last week that birds and fish dying in large quantities is no big deal. But that doesn’t mean that this map isn’t slightly creepy — yet morbidly fascinating. Are mass animal deaths happening in YOUR neighborhood?! (Google Maps)

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