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Today’s news: a legendary elephant, a memorial for Paul the octopus, and Justin Bieber

January 21, 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. Oldest elephant in North America dies. The life expectancy of the average Asian elephant is 45 years — Taj lived 71. This way above average elephant died  at a California theme park Thursday. She was an excellent performer and painter, and handlers described her as a patient and gentle creature. She will be missed. (MSNBC)

2. Dog was American’s best friend — and a meal — thousands of years ago. A study has found that 10,000 years ago dogs were not only protectors and friends of humans but also their occasional dinners. This fascinating article explores the early relationship between man and dog — and talks a lot about poop. (MSNBC)

PAUL! PAUL! PAUL! (Image from Reuters)


3. World Cup octopus gets a memorial. Of course he does! Paul’s the most famous octopus EVER. The memorial, a 6 1/2-foot tall plastic replica of Paul clutching a ball in his eight arms, was unveiled in Berlin Thursday. It’s definitely a must-see. (NBC Sports)

4. Homemade pet food for cats and dogs. And we thought we were good pet owners! Some dog and cat parents cook every single meal for their furry loved ones.  Think they’re crazy? Yeah, we did too — but it turns out it’s actually cheaper than buying — albeit way more work. Please let’s not tell Paul the Cat that his diet food sucks. (

5. Justin Bieber teams up with PETA to promote animal adoptions. We don’t have Bieber Fever. Quite the opposite actually: We sort of, kind of find him extremely annoying. However, we give him props for sticking up for the animals — let’s just hope the 16-year-old popstar actually cares about these creatures like he says he does and isn’t in it for more publicity about his hair. (

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  1. January 22, 2011 1:59 am

    I just can’t believe the dog as a meal thing. Dogs are much to valuable to be eaten, even way back then. Since this is the first time something like this has been found, I think it’s rare occurance. Dogs would have been relied upon for protection and companionship, no way they would have been killed for a snack.

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