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Today’s news: An orangutan wedding, saving cheetahs and super insects

February 16, 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. Lasting effects of Chernobyl seen in birds. Bird brains are a little smaller for our feathered friends living in the shadow of the Chernobyl disaster. Twenty-five years after the famous meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear plant, birds living in the area have brains that are 5% smaller than average. (Discovery News)

Best mom and baby pic ever.

2. Using a wood chipper to save cheetahs. All of my knowledge about wood chippers comes from the movie Fargo, so obviously this headline gave me pause. Laurie Marker, the founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, is bringing her wood chipper to the brush of Namibia so cheetahs will stop getting caught and harmed in the undergrowth. The chopped up brush is then sold as fuel throughout South Africa. Dr. Marker is being praised for her simple solution that not only helps cheetahs, but the local communities as well. (Christian Science Monitor)

3. Orangutan couple marries in Thailand. Nancy, a 20 year old female, and Suriya, a 12 year old male, were married in a romantic Valentine’s Day ceremony in Thailand. Nancy comes with some baggage as she already has a son with another orangutan. However, Nancy and Suriya hit it off immediately and have been together for 3 months. (Discovery News)

4. Malaysian woman uses soup ladle to save husband from tiger attack. Stories like this convince me that I will never marry – if I saw someone getting attacked by a tiger, I would run away, not battle. Anyway, wife of the year hit the tiger over the head with her soup ladle when he jumped on her husband while he was hunting squirrels. That is the best sentence I have ever written. Her husband is being treated for lacerations on his face and legs. (Christian Science Monitor)

5. Solar-powered insects. If you paid attention during 9th grade biology, you know that plants use a process known as photosynthesis to turn sunlight into food. Now scientists have discovered a hornet who can do the same thing, making him the first animal who can do so. Scientists think studying the super hornet can help us learn how to convert sunlight into energy. (io9)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 16, 2011 10:15 am

    Yay for the orangutan wedding!

    P.S. Great, now I can’t get that scene from Fargo out of my head. 😉

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