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Today’s news: a gorilla that walks upright, Australia’s fighting animals, and more tigers

January 31, 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. Elephant refuge gets a makeover after founder’s firing. You really do learn something new every day. There is a refuge in Tennessee that caters to old, sick, and rescued elephants, although few have heard of it or seen who roams around inside. That might change now that a new founder has taken over. The refuge might evolve into an educational center focusing on elephant care, while still giving rescued elephants a relaxing place to retire. (MSNBC)

We couldn't pick between a tiger and an elephant. So here's a tiger elephant!

If only elephant/tiger hybrids were real.

2. How to triple the tiger population. Tigers need a lot of space to contain their awesome – specifically, lots of room to roam, hunt, and find mates. A new study came to the conclusion that if tiger reserves across Asia were connected, rather than fragmented as they are now, the tiger population could triple. So let’s get connecting those reserves – you know we’re obsessed with tigers. (Discovery News)

3. Australia’s fighting dogs. We’ve previously written about animals serving in the armed forces, so check out this awesome photo gallery of animals who served Down Under. The pictures include dogs, kangaroos, and even koalas serving with Australia’s armed forces. (Foreign Policy)

4. Orangutan DNA boosts survival chances. After a recent study, scientists discovered that orangutan DNA is more genetically diverse than originally thought. (Orangutan is really hard to spell, BTW). Anyway, the diversity of their DNA could help their chances of survival which is good news since there are only two populations left in the world. (Discovery News)

5. Gorilla strolls on hind legs. A 21-year-old male silverback gorilla, Ambam, has been spotted strolling around upright at an animal park in England. Researchers think the odd trait runs in the family. All gorillas have the ability to walk upright, but few do it as long as Ambam does. Check it out:

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2011 3:15 pm

    Love the animals and military story. I saw a special a few months ago about dogs in the U.S. Armed Forces. One story was about the German shepherds that stormed the beach at Normandy. These dogs not only provide services for our soldiers, they also provide comfort and friendship. It’s great to see other countries allow animals to serve, too.

    • February 1, 2011 5:45 pm

      Thanks for reading our veteran’s stories! We like to make sure these animals that serve get the attention and recognition they deserve.

  2. February 1, 2011 2:45 pm

    I saw the gorilla video…amazing!

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