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Today’s news: chicken’s stop spreading bird flu and forgiveness for an elephant

January 17, 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. Chickens modified to not spread bird flu. The “it” disease for chickens might soon be a problem no longer. Scientists in Europe have successfully modified chickens so they cannot spread bird flu. The chickens can contract bird flu, but not pass it along to others. While the research is still in it’s early stages, this could be a significant breakthrough. (Discovery News)

Don't worry, I'm not contagious.

2. Elephant that crushed human handler will not be punished. An African elephant that crushed his handler at the Knoxville Zoo will not be punished, and the death was ruled an accident. The 26-year-old elephant, Edie, was following commands properly when he accidentally crushed his handler. For now he’s being kept away from human contact. We hope he wasn’t drunk. (ABS News)

3. Grim tally: Rhino poaching at an all time high. Poaching of rhinos in South Africa is at an all time high — almost one rhino was killed a day in 2010. That’s almost triple the number killed in 2009. 333 rhinos were killed last year, including 10 critically endangered black rhinos. The rise in killings is being attributed to more organized and tech-savvy criminals. (LiveScience)

4. Escaped pigs on the loose in England. The public is being urged to keep an eye out for three pigs who escaped from a farm. They have been spotted grazing on private property in Southampton. Local police say the pigs could be dangerous. We don’t know about that because we now have “yakety sax” running through our heads. (Telegraph)

Photo credit: Andrea Comas / Reuters. Not sure how this relates to saints, but it is totally badass.

5. Festival honors St. Anthony. As we reported on Friday, St. Anthony is the saint of animals, and sometimes people bless their pets to commemorate him. Well, people are still celebrating. By playing with fire. We don’t know why, but check out the pictures because they’re awesome. (MSNBC)


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