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Today’s news: Dogs are stealing our jobs, the Prime Minister gets a cat, and tigers (duh)

February 18, 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. Could dogs save endangered species? Is it time to just let dogs rule the world? What can’t they do? Conservationists are now considering using dogs to sniff out endangered species. This could help researchers find out where endangered animals live and eventually estimate how many members of the species are left which is a key part to conservation. Show offs. (Treehugger)

2. Mutation lets fish thrive in toxins. The Hudson River is kind of like the New Jersey turnpike of rivers — disgusting. (We can say that because we’re 1/3 from New Jersey). So it’s a wonder that anything can actually survive in one of the most polluted rivers in the U.S. But tomcod have developed a mutation that allows them to reduce the levels of PCBs and toxins in their little bodies. Mutant fish: the next threat on New York City. (Discovery News)

3. Study links rise in rain and snow to humans. Okay so this isn’t directly about animals, but it is about where animals live — the Earth. For the first time, scientists have been able to directly link increased precipitation around the world to human actions. Using elaborate computer programs to simulate climate patterns, scientists discovered that the severe rain and snowstorms we’ve been experiencing couldn’t be caused by natural phenomenons alone. (NY Times)

Photo: Mark Large/Reuters. You better start earning your keep Larry.

4. Britain’s Prime Minister welcomes new cat. Larry, a 4-year-old tabby, is adjusting nicely to his new home at 10 Downing Street. The Prime Minister adopted Larry from a London animal shelter (yay!) and his official title is Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office. Brits – always so proper, even giving their pets titles. (Christian Science Monitor)

5. Looking back at the year of the tiger. Are you sick of hearing about tigers yet? I hope not, because we never will be. In February 2010, the beginning of the year of the tiger, the WWF started a global effort to save the tigers. With only 3,200 left in the world, it’s pretty much now or never. So how did the year of the tiger go? Well the Tiger Summit was a huge success and progress is being made on the ground. Make sure you read all about it. (WWF)

One Comment leave one →
  1. February 18, 2011 4:41 pm

    the PM’s tabby is so cute!!

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