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Today’s news: Dogs feel sorry for us and overweight gorillas

February 21, 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. Bangladesh tiger freed into wilderness. A tiger who wandered into a village in Bangladesh was released into the wild. Conservationists say this is the first time a tiger was successfully returned to the wild after being tranquilized. Due to territory loss, tigers have been wandering into populated areas with increasing frequency. (BBC News)

2. Dogs probably feel sorry for us. Dogs are so good at being man’s best friend that they’re actually able to empathize with us and may even take on some of our symptoms when we’re sad or sick. (Discovery News)

I'm not fat - just big boned.

3. Fat gorillas cured by salad diet. Most gorillas living in American zoos are overweight and suffer from heart disease – just like Americans. However, unlike Americans, you can force a gorilla to go on a diet. Once the gorilla’s diets were switched from a high-sugar, vitamin rich diet to a salad and plant based diet, they lost weight and spent more time moving around. So humans, gorillas are better at dieting than you. How dare they! (Gawker)

4. Fewer big fish in the sea. Due to overfishing there are few big, predatory fish in the ocean. As a result, smaller fish have thrived and are taking over. Researchers also discovered that more than half of the decline in predatory fish has happened in the last 40 years. (Discovery News)

5. Animal control officer discovers cockfighting ring. While looking for a loose dog, a San Diego animal control officer uncovered a cockfighting ring with more than 400 birds. It’s hard to tell who was being saved – the birds or the humans. (Sign on San Diego)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2011 1:18 am

    I think cats feel sorry for us, too. I’ve noticed my cats’ behavior changes as mine changes. Cats are just as much our best friends as dogs are, minus the slober.

    • February 22, 2011 10:24 am

      I’ve definitely noticed Richter getting nervous if I’m rushing around and all stressed out. Cats definitely know how we’re feeling, I think just try to act like they don’t care.

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