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Today’s News: potty-trained pigs, slutty birds, and the history of Groundhog Day

February 2, 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. Potty-trained pigs save money — and help the environment. In an effort to curb pollution, terrible smells and reduce water use, Taiwan pig farmers are training pigs to use a “toilet” — a series of iron bars installed above the floor in the corner of the pen. We think this is just further proof that pigs are every bit as smart as dogs and cats. (MSNBC)

Sorry, kids. Your mom's a slut.

2. Four-legged assistants sniff out wildlife data. Researchers are using dogs to help them estimate population statistics. These pups’ job is to sniff out animal scat. Yup — they’re encouraged to find animal poop. Pretty much every dog’s dream occupation. (NYTimes)

3.  Mama bird skips out on chicks for sex. Hihi birds don’t make the best parents.  A female bird never passes up a chance to mate — even if her babies need her. We get that these birds are super rare but come on! Can’t she wait until the children go to bed?! (LiveScience)

4. Tiger undergoes hip replacement surgery. A Malayan Tiger, one of the world’s most endangered species, received a fake hip Thursday. This is the first time such surgery was performed on a tiger and the poor big, sick cat barely made. She’s doing well today, and doctor’s expect she’ll fully recover. (Discovery News)

5. The history of Groundhog Day. Why do we look to this furry, silly creature every February 2? How did this tradition start? Will we turn to a robot groundhog in the future? Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about this weird — but special — day. And find out what his prediction is here. (National Geographic)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2011 12:00 pm

    The chicks look like those little trolls that kids used to put on the end of pencils. Do you remember them? Ugly little pink things with crazy-coloured, sticky-out hair.

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