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Today’s news: a hawk playing the field, skunks as pets and naked penguins

April 11, 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. Famous NYC hawk playing the field. Pale Male, the famous red-tailed hawk who lives on 5th Avenue has been seen parading a host of lady friends back to his nest. Pale Male’s ex, Lola, who was with him from 2002 – 2010 hasn’t been seen since the winter. No one knows what happened to her but Pale Male seems to be coping just fine. He’s had at least two new girlfriends since Lola apparently flew the coop.  (NY Times)

2. Naked penguins baffle scientists. Penguin chicks being born without feathers in the South Atlantic are a real puzzle for scientists. “Feather-loss” disorders are rare among birds, and researchers are hoping to conduct more studies to get to the bottom of it all. (eScience News)


We totally get it. We could def cuddle with these cuties.

3. Skunks: the latest “must-have” pet? Skunk ownership is on the rise with many pet owners, who say they’re social, easy to train, and cleaner than dogs. Some can even be walked on leash, and if trained properly, you don’t have to worry about them spraying foul odors. We have to admit, they are kind of cute. (Mail Online)

4. 10 years left to save Great Barrier Reef. Ocean warming is causing certain types of coral to move south to avoid increasingly high temperatures. This is bad news for the Great Barrier Reef, and could mean there are only 10 years left to preserve it. If we continue to release CO2 into the air at our current pace, we could miss out on our chance of saving the reef within the next decade. (New Scientist)

5. Crowd-source barcode scanner created to identify zebras. Researchers have come up with a new way to identify zebras by creating a stripe database. It’s similar to a barcode scanner and is much easier to use than previous ways of identifying zebras. (Treehugger)

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  1. April 12, 2011 12:24 am

    Skunks are so cute, who wouldn’t want a Flower of their own? My only concern would be rabies, as skunks where are live are the number 1 carriers. Great round-up, as usual.

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