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Today’s news: ray attacks and good news for gorillas and snow leopards

March 30, 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. Eagle ray slams body into woman on boat. A 300 pound spotted eagle ray flew out of the water and onto a boat. The huge ray landed right on top of the woman, and everyone in the boat struggled to get the big guy back into the water. The woman was not injured. As lovers of rays, we think this woman was super lucky. (MSNBC)

Hear me ROAR.

2. Gorilla haven found in Cameroon. A gaggle of gorillas has been found in Cameroon’s Deng Deng National Park. (Yeah, we made up the word “gaggle”.) This is great news since gorillas are some of the most endangered animals on Earth. A “dense and healthy” group has been discovered in the park, oddly enough, near a logging operation. Now that the group has been discovered, researchers will work to protect the group. (Discovery News)

3. Doubts raised on gains in Indian tiger population. Indian officials recently released results of a survey that measured the tiger population, and the news was good. The survey found that the tiger population had risen by 20 percent in the last five years. Now some are questioning the findings and wondering if the numbers really show the tigers making a comeback. (NY Times)

4. Mongolia rescinds snow leopard hunting proposal. There are only an estimated 3,500 snow leopards left in the world, so conservationists are applauding Mongolia’s decision to rescind permits to hunt the big sick cats. Aside from hunting, humans pose a major threat to the animals because of habitat destruction. (Treehugger)

5. France and lap dogs go way back. Small, lap-sized dogs first appeared in France about 15,000 years ago. This raises questions about when dogs were first domesticated. (Discovery News)

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