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Today’s news: pandas to stay in the U.S. and wild chimps outsmart hunters

January 24, 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. Giant pandas to stay in DC. Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, the National Zoo’s resident giant pandas, will be staying in the U.S. for another five years. The agreement to house them in DC expired in December, and President Obama worked with Chinese President Hu Jintao to keep them longer. (NYTimes)

2. New species of crayfish discovered in southern U.S. A new species of bearded crayfish has been discovered roaming the waters of Tennessee and Alabama. He is twice the size of other species and biologists found one hiding under a rock in a creek. Wow, finding new species of animals is as easy as looking under rocks? (Yale Environment 360)

3. Biological clock ticks slower for female birds who pick good mates. Picking a good mate may do more then just combat loneliness – at least for birds. Female birds who picked mates with a healthy paternal background saw their biological clocks tick a little slower. Specifically, male birds who became fathers early in bird life are healthier, and they help the female stay fertile longer. (Science Daily)

4. Phone keeps ringing in crocodile’s tummy. Never smile at a crocodile – and never give him your cell phone. When a visitor to a zoo in the Ukraine dropped her cell phone in the crocodile’s tank while trying to snap a picture of him, the croc, Gena, gobbled it up. The phone has been ringing from in Gena’s tummy. Gena hasn’t been herself lately, workers at the zoo say she appears depressed and in pain. Surgery to remove the phone would be risky, and vets will only attempt it as a last resort. (MSNBC)

5. Wild chimps outsmart hunters. Five wild chimps in Africa have figured out how to deactivate, and sometimes destroy, snares set up by hunters. Researchers in the area think that the chimps pass down the techniques to their children. Go chimps! (Discovery News)

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