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Today’s news: dolphin rescued from rice paddy and sea otters are rapists

March 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. Tsunami dolphin rescued from rice paddy. A baby dolphin that was dumped in a rice field after the tsunami has been rescued. He was spotted about a mile inland and was rescued by a pet shop owner who has been helping animals impacted by the tsunami. He was driven back to the ocean where he seemed to regain his strength. (Christian Science Monitor)

2. Elephant vasectomies – how vets pull it off. Unfortunately, we can’t take credit for that headline. Anyway. Elephants used to be endangered but now they are overrunning South African preserves. So instead of thinning out the herd, vets have decided to give some of the elephants vasectomies to thin out the population. Check out the story for some fun photos. Fortunately, there aren’t any of the elephants “cantaloupe-sized testicles.” (Wired)

3. Rare Pacific Kingfisher is focus of restoration plan. Researchers are working with residents and farmers in the South Pacific to save the extremely endangered Tuamoto Kingfisher from extinction. They plan to save trees where the birds live and clear brush that hides their predators. (Yale360)

That's the same face we made, adorable serial rapist otter.

4. The other side of otters. Hint: it’s not adorable. Everyone’s favorite aquatic mammals are apparently serial rapists. For realz. Sea otters have been forcibly having sex with and straight up murdering juvenile harbor seals in California. The side of sea otters you didn’t want to know about: the pedophile raping side. (Discovery News)

5. Study finds more bears opting for the single life. More and more brown bears in Alaska are opting for the swinging single life according to the results of a decade long study. The switch might have to do with changing climate. The bears are becoming increasingly anti-social and more spread out in the wilderness. We’re all going to tell this story to our parents when they ask why we’re not married. It’s NATURAL MOM! If bears can stay single SO CAN I. (Treehugger)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 25, 2011 5:33 pm

    Re. the elephant vasectomies. I’d wondered about this before when I’d heard reports of ‘necessary’ culls in wildlife preserves. You’d think it would be a more commonly used solution.

  2. March 26, 2011 12:27 am

    Headline of the week: Elephant vasectomies – how vets pull it off. If only I could use something like that at the newspaper I work for. Great news wrap-up by the way. Forget the wires, I get the bulk of my animal news here, thanks again.

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