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Today’s news: llamas help endangered fish, foxes battle and more

April 18, 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. Llamas help endangered fish move to a new home. A species of fish in the UK are becoming increasingly endangered because of rising water temperatures. So Britain’s Environmental Agency is moving the fish to cooler waters and streams with the help of llamas. Llamas were perfect to help the group move the fish in the treacherous terrain. (Treehugger)

2. Giant fire-bellied toad has brain filled with germ killers. Toad brains are filled with antibacterial and antiviral substances. It’s totally gross that scientists know that. Scientists discovered 59 new types of antimicrobial proteins. (ScienceDaily)

Oh man he is a cutie.

3. Fox fight! Arctic and red foxes clash because of climate change. Russian arctic foxes are coming in contact with their red fox cousins more and more frequently. Due to global warming, red foxes are able to travel farther north, and stay there for longer periods of time. Scientists worry the red foxes will soon oust the arctic foxes. (Treehugger)

4. Japanese risk radiation to save stranded dogs. Wow, and we thought we loved our pets. When people in Japan saw a pack of shelties running wild around a damaged nuclear power plant, they sprung into action to save the dogs. The dogs were eventually reunited with their owner. (Huffington Post)

5. Ocean noise pollution hurting squids and octopuses. Yes that is the correct plural form of octopus. Weird. Anyway, noise pollution created by offshore human activities and sonar is negatively affecting squids and octopuses. They experience hair cell damage and lesions. So knock off all that racket! (Treehugger)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2011 10:01 am

    I read the HuffPo article about the dogs in Japan. It definitely gave me warm fuzzies. 😀

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