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Today’s news: Not all fleas are boring, animals can teach us a lot about sex, and the biggest bear EVER

February 4, 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. Tiny flea has more genes than any other animal. Scientists have discovered that a microscopic  freshwater flea known as Daphnia has 31,000 genes, whereas us humans only have a measly 23,000. This is the first crus­ta­cean whose genome scientists have decoded and scientists are studying this class of species to get a better understanding of genes in general and how they relate to the environment. (Yeah — we’re not really great at science so this confused us, too — but we couldn’t pass on story about fleas, could we?)  (World Science)



2. Another tiger attack. A rare Sumatran tiger mauled — and killed — a 52-year-old plantation worker on Sumatra Island. Human-animal conflicts have been on the rise recently because we’re moving in on their land, and all the elephants, tigers, lions, etc. are pissed since they don’t really like humans or having their land taken away. (

3. Molly B the cow escapes death — again. In 2006, Molly B performed an impressive escape from a slaughterhouse in Montana that included jumping a fence and swimming across a river.  She once again evaded death last week when the roof on the animal sanctuary she lived in collapsed. About 1,200 animals had to be rescued.  “Molly B made it OK. She’s a tough old broad,” said Jerry Finch with Habitat for Horses of Hitchcock, Texas, who participated in the rescue effort. We’ll say! (The Canadian Press)

4. Biggest bear EVER found. This bear is mind-blowingly big, according to scientists. How big? It was 3,500 pounds and at least 11 feet tall. No other bear has ever come close to being this massive. The former biggest bear was only 2,500 pounds. Both of these bears are prehistoric South American giant short-faced bears so thankfully the not-so-gentle giants no longer roam among us. (However,  2,200 pound polar bears may. Yikes!) (National Geographic)

Naughty, naughty bear.

Naughty, naughty bear.

5. Do it like they do on the Discovery Channel. If you want to have a better sex life, you should be more of an animal — literally. From masturbating to watching porn, the animal kingdom knows how to keep things hot. For example, did you know that zookeepers show pandas dirty movies to get them in the mood? And it works? Yeah. You learn a lot of weird things in their article. (Fox News)

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