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Today’s news: smart female dogs and a rodent manhunt

May 2, 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. Global fisheries decline less steep than earlier reports indicate. A recent study shows that estimates of declining global fish stocks may not be as bad as previously thought. A 2006 report indicated that fisheries would collapse by 2048 is now thought to be based on flawed methodology. (Yale 360)

2. Female dogs may be smarter than males. A new study reveals that male and female dogs have differences in their brains, and in at least one case, females have the edge. Scientists tested the dogs for “object permanence” or the ability to realize that just because you can’t see something anymore, doesn’t mean it’s disappeared. The female dogs noticed something was up, while the male dogs didn’t. Go bitches! (MSNBC)

3. Dusky sharks not safe at home. Dusky shark mama’s live in the same spot that they’re born their whole lives. According to scientists, this puts them at greater risk for overfishing. (Discovery News)

4. Animals have personalities too. Uh, DUH scientists! Tell us something we don’t know! A new study conducted on birds shows that greenfinches reacted differently to changes in their environment. Some birds boldly investigated new objects, while others took their time, suggesting that different personalities factor in to how birds react to change. (LiveScience)

5. Save the seabirds, kill the rabbits. A team has arrived in the subantarctic island of Macquarie to kill every rodent present. Rabbits on the island have taken over and have caused soil erosion, damage to bird nesting areas, and more. (Discovery News)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 2, 2011 9:05 pm

    Oh no! The poor rabbits. 😦

    Gus takes issue with the second item on your list!

  2. May 3, 2011 2:22 am

    They had to do a study to show that animals have personalities? I can’t believe that. All that had to do was ask a couple of animal companions. Thanks for the great news round-up.

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