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Today’s news: Humans are smelly, dead dolphins, and a fox in a penthouse

February 28, 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.

True, smelly, urine-soaked love.

1. Male monkeys cover themselves in urine to attract the ladies. Some men just know the way to a ladies heart. Male capuchin monkeys urinate in their hands, then rub the urine into their fur to let females know they are single and ready to mate. Sort of like nature’s Old Spice? If rubbing urine into your fur isn’t love, I don’t know what love is. (Daily Mail)

2. Dead baby dolphin death toll rises to 60. We avoided writing about this story because “dead”, “baby”, and “dolphin” are the worst three words to put together, but we can no longer ignore this horrible story. Dead baby dolphins are washing up on the shores of the Gulf Coast at a rate that is 10 times higher than normal. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared the deaths an “unusual mortality event” and will investigate further. While there’s no outward sign of contamination, many are obviously pointing to the BP Oil Spill as the cause of death. (Treehugger)

3. Humans are the world’s smelliest animal. This is particularly insulting after reading that monkeys rub urine all over themselves. Body odor from sweaty disgusting human skin is unique in the animal kingdom. We’re smellier than most animals because we have a bunch of other animals living on us who are stinky too. Everything about this article, and my own body, is absolutely disgusting. (MSNBC)

4. Fox cub evicted from skyscraper. A fox cub was found living on the 72nd floor of the tallest skyscraper in England. The cub is estimated to be about 6 weeks old and he had been living on scraps of food left by construction workers. After a health check, the cub was released near the London Bridge. (MSNBC)

Foxy lady.

5. Are macaques and humans the only animals that are self-aware? Self-awareness is a tricky thing to prove – so far scientists have only been able to say with certainty that humans are the only animals that are definitely self-aware. But now, new research shows that macaque monkeys show self-doubt and uncertainty while playing a computer game. It not only shows that the macaque’s are aware of their decision making but that they’re super smart as well. (Discovery News)

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