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Today’s news: Blonde monkeys are geniuses, mixed news for seals, and a slow loris

March 9, 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. Elephants outwit humans in intelligence test. Not only do elephants know how to cooperate with one another but they also understand the logic behind teamwork. For the greater good of humankind, we should probably keep them away from sheep. (Discovery News)

Blonde capuchin

We have more fun AND we're super smart. Naturally.

2. Monkeys invent new fishing technique. Blonde capuchin monkeys have discovered a new way to gather termites, which scientist have discovered is the most efficient way to get these bugs out of their nests. Clearly this is further proof that blondes are more intelligent than brunettes and redheads. (Discovery News) [Editor’s Note: the writer of this post is a blonde and thus may be bias towards her fair-haired monkey cousins]

3. Suburban living isn’t for birds. Bored house-cats and feral cats are destroying the bird population in good ol’ suburbia. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone since cats are wild beasts. “Cats are natural predators of not just birds but also mammals. Killing is what they are meant to do, and it’s not their fault,” said research scientist, Peter Marra. Poor birdies. (Discovery News)

4. Million dead fish swamp L.A. marina. Sardines and other small fish randomly washed up dead in Redondo Beach, Calif. Authorities are now faced with the monumental task of cleaning up these fish. But it’s not bad news for everyone: Local seals are having a field day and gorging themselves at this fish buffet. (MSNBC)

5. Dozens of seals wash up on Jersey Shore. The news for seals on the east coast isn’t as good as for those on the west. Twenty-six malnourished seals — many filled with parasites — have washed up on the Jersey Shore since November. While it’s not unusual for seals to be stranded in the winter, the number is higher than normal this year. (NBC)

BONUS: Slow Lorises are awesome. Since we had two sad stories for you today, we’re going to end with this adorable video we saw on of a slow loris holding an umbrella. What’s a slow loris you say? We don’t really know — even after skimming the Wikipedia on it — but it sure does make us swoon (although we don’t think he should be in a supermarket).

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2011 1:21 am

    I’ve heard the theory that domestic cats are the cause of declining bird populations. If there were more responsible owners, who kept their cats indoors only, no one could make this claim. This is just a theory, and I really hope it doesn’t inspire people to kill cats. I’ve been told this is a reason why cats should be killed by some cat haters.

    • March 10, 2011 12:25 pm

      We’ve read before that household cats are a HUGE problem when it comes to birds because they’re not one of their natural predators. You’re right though, cats should just stay inside! It’s safer for them anyway.

  2. March 10, 2011 9:27 am

    Ugghh…I was happy for the seals until I read #5. I blame Snooki.

  3. March 10, 2011 1:42 pm

    That slow loris too friggin cute! Thanks for that at the end 🙂

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