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Today’s News: A dingo attack, Cave Bears, and more

April 27, 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. An update on the ‘therapy kangaroo’ When we last heard from Oklahoma kangaroo enthusiast Christine Carr, she was fighting with her town’s local officials to keep her pet, Irwin, in her home, despite some concerns about public safety. But thanks to some new pending legislation concerning exotic animal permits and the generosity of an anonymous stranger, she and Irwin may be able to continue living together after all. (MSNBC)

2. A wild dingo attack in Australia A pair of dingoes mauled a 3-year-old girl on an Australian beach, and the animals were subsequently caught and killed. The girl suffered  wounds on her legs, and officials used the attack as an opportunity to reaffirm their warning to the public about the danger of interacting with the wild dogs. Maybe a dingo ate your baby. (MSNBC)

3. Cavemen vs. Cave Bears? Yup, it happened New research has emerged that reveals cavemen may have fought with bears over territory and shelter since everyone was forced to share space some 32,000 years ago. Well we all know who ended up winning THAT little battle. The BEARS, obviously! (Discovery News)

4. Pretty boy peacocks support Darwin theory ‘Survival of the Sexiest’ As it turns out, gorgeous peacock plumage doesn’t serve any survival purpose, but it sure does increase the birds’ hot factor. (Discovery News)

Nepal's rhinos

Nepal's rhinos: Back and better than ever.

5. Nepal’s rhinos are back, y’all Just like the recent resurgence of the Backstreet Boys, Nepal’s rhino population is making a serious comeback. A recently released study shows that after a poaching bonanza that occurred during a 10-year civil war, rhinos are finally getting their numbers up to more desirable levels. Local officials praised the conservation efforts that impacted the increase. (Discovery News)

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