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Today’s News: A dog rescue, math-savvy crabs, and more

April 20, 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. A pretty incredible dog rescue story from China A group of animal rights activists coordinated a courageous rescue of almost 600 dogs that were on their way to be slaughtered. The effort was sparked by a man who noticed a truck filled with crates of dogs while on a highway outside Beijing. He then immediately alerted other activists using a popular Chinese Twitter-like social media platform. An animal lover who is also Internet-savvy? No wonder why we like this guy so much. (NBC News)
  2. Crabs who like math According to new research, the vision-poor fiddler crabs use statistical analysis to protect themselves from hungry predators. And to think, this Current Instincts-er barely passed algebra. (Discovery News)
  3. Here's a picture of CI-er Susan swimming with pink river dolphins in the Amazon. She's badass like that.

    Fishermen at war with pink dolphins Despite protection laws in place, pink dolphin killings are on the rise in the Amazon. Fishermen offer various reasons for why they do it, from using dolphins as bait for catfish to arguing that the animals are competition for food. Though in our opinion, no matter how hard you justify it, dolphin killing of any kind sure sounds reprehensible to us. (The New York Times)

  4. Sir Richard Branson wants to build reserve for lemurs The billionaire and one-time reality TV star is currently trying to build a reserve for endangered lemurs on a small island about 8,000 miles from their native Madagascar. However some wildlife experts are worried that moving lemurs to a new home would be detrimental. (Yale Environment 360)


    The Morwong fish, native to the Tasman Sea, is getting heated over rising ocean temperatures.

  5. Warmer water temps lead to fussier fish We humans aren’t the only ones stressed out over climate change. A recent study concluded that a certain a species of fish living in the Tasman Sea experienced “slowing growth and increased physiological stress” due to rising ocean temperatures. (Tree Hugger)
2 Comments leave one →
  1. SandySays1 permalink
    April 20, 2011 3:35 pm

    Like the crab note.

  2. April 21, 2011 2:16 am

    The most shocking part of the dog rescue story is that they were being slaughter for human consumption. Unbelievable that in an industrialized nation people would eat dog. I’m so glad there are other animal lovers out there who also know how to use the Internet to help the cause. Keep up the good work.

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