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Today’s news: rare leopards threatened and a bizarre Easter tradition

April 22, 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. Climate change is biggest factor in sea turtle survival. When sea turtles are born and set out on their own into the great big ocean, the most important indicator of their survival is the temperature of the water. If the water climate is productive, the sea turtles will live long and prosper. (Discovery News)

2. Russian forest fires threaten rare leopards. Wild fires in Russia’s Far East have been raging all year, and they’re threatening the recovery of rare leopards. The forest fires are occurring in a leopard preserve, which makes it doubly bad news. This summer, environmentalists will undertake a month-long project to restore the forest. (

I've been hangin' around!

3. Orangutans are excellent fishermen. While orangutans aren’t the best of swimmers, they still manage to catch fish. Their long limbs come in handy for snatching up catfish in shallow pools and scavenging for washed up fish. (Discovery News)

4. Unwarranted fear of wolves may fuel their extermination. Last week, wolves were taken off the endangered species list in Montana and Idaho. Representatives in Idaho are now calling for the extermination of the animals. They claim the wolf population is out of control and dangerous to humans and pets. But we say that’s bullshit. (LiveScience)

5. Thousands of bunnies to be shot in Easter celebration. While that sounds horrible and disturbing, it’s really not THAT bad. I guess. Every year hunters in New Zealand head out to destroy adorable fluffy bunnies. But rabbits are a huge problem in New Zealand. They’re not native to the country and have basically taken over. Still, it seems a little strange to celebrate Easter by shooting adorable animals. (Treehugger)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 22, 2011 1:25 pm

    Ahhhh – orangutans! We posted a photo of them today, too. Amazing creatures!

  2. April 23, 2011 2:36 pm

    Maybe they need more cats in New Zealand to help control the rodent population. In South Dakota, we don’t have many wolves or coyotes. The reason is people are stupid. They put cattle above the two predators and believe that if a wolf or coyote gets a snack from their livestock that the predators should die. It’s just not right. Wolves and coyotes don’t attack people, it just doesn’t happen. If farmers would learn to protect their livestock, wolves wouldn’t take advantage. I’m sure they use the same protect the livestock excuse in other states.

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