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Today’s news: cats manipulate women and the status of polar bears

February 25, 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. Alligator found behind woman’s couch. Firefighters in Sao Paulo, Brazil removed a 5-foot alligator from behind a woman’s couch. The most terrifying part is the woman found her 3-year-old son petting the gator. Luckily, the boy was fine, and the gator was released into an environmentally protected area. (MSNBC)

2. Cats adore, manipulate women. I guess the term “crazy cat lady” isn’t too far off. New research shows that cats attach to humans for social bonding, but the bond is usually stronger with women. The study shows that cat-human relationships strongly mirror human-only bonds, often taking on parent to child like interactions. (Discovery News)

3. Pets help sell Manhattan apartments. Many brokers in Manhattan are finding that having a pet in an apartment during showings is increasing their sales. Having a pet around could make the space seem more appealing and warm. This goes against the conventional wisdom of hiding pets during showings. (NY Times)


4. Judge to hear argument on polar bear status. A federal judge heard the cases of both environmental groups and federal officials to decide if polar bears should be listed as endangered. Right now, polar bears are only listed as threatened. Environmental groups want the endangered listing to secure more protection, and because melting sea ice is a direct threat to the bears. (Discover News)

5. Owls change color as climate warms. Tawny owls are turning brown to adjust to a warming climate. The owls are normally more gray than brown, but with milder winters, the brown plumage has been taking over. This shows evolution in action in response to climate change. (BBC)

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