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Today’s News: Clouded leopard cubs, donkey bravery, and more

April 8, 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. Baby dolphin deaths remain unexplained Well this is incredibly depressing. Since February, about 400 bottlenose dolphins were “found either stranded or reported dead offshore” in the Gulf of Mexico. Many of them, according to research conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, are very young, measuring less than 115 centimeters in length. Effects from the disastrous Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill is being considered as a possible reason … which is great timing since the company that owns that rig just awarded its execs bonuses for the “best year in safety performance in our company’s history.” Bravo, guys. (CNN)
  2. National Zoo gets a little more adorable The National Zoo in  Washington D.C. welcomed two clouded leopard cubs to the fold, a pair who were born on March 28. Thankfully there is plenty of photo evidence. Collective swoon, y’all. (And thankfully, despite a Republican-organized government shutdown that will likely hit the capital today, the cubs will continue to be cared for properly. Suck it, John Boehner. (DCist)

    Clouded Leopard Cubs

    Baby, baby, baby oh. (Photo credit: Mehgan Murphy/Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park)

  3. Donkey who saved sheep friend receives bravery award In England, a local charity commended a donkey named Dotty for courageously saving her friend, a sheep named Stanley, from a vicious dog attack. There’s a video of the ceremony.  Aww! (BBC News)
  4. New study says that dogs are more likely to approach men This doesn’t mean dogs prefer men over women, but it does bolster evidence that animal attraction to humans is impacted by sex and personality. (Discovery News)
  5. An update on Yellowstone bison While it first came to light last month, the somewhat controversial agreement to let bison to roam more freely in Yellowstone National Park, will likely be adopted this week. (MSNBC)
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  1. April 9, 2011 12:01 am

    I believe dogs are more likely to go to men than women. There is also a study that showed cats are more attracted to women than men. The scientists in both studies are not sure why. Maybe it has to do with different smells?

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