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Today’s news: a donkey from Iraq, black bear attacks on the rise and more

May 16, 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. Sharks dying due to internal bleeding. Dozens of leopard sharks have been washing up dead in California. At least one of the sharks died of internal bleeding. The cause of the bleeding is still unknown. (Discovery News)

2. Iraqi donkey finally in the U.S. Smokey the donkey wandered onto a military base in Iraq in 2008 and quickly won the hearts of the soldiers serving there. That was three years ago and after a lot of red tape, he has finally made his way to the U.S. He’s been happily munching on grass in his new home in Virginia, finally enjoying the good life. (Omaha World Herald)

Hey tortoise! Maybe if you picked up the pace you wouldn't be endangered!

3. Threatened tortoises slow down desert solar project. An enormous solar project in the Mohave Desert has been put on hold mid-construction while the U.S. Bureau of Land Management assesses whether tortoise habitat would be lost. An estimated 600 endangered tortoises could die due to habitat loss from the project. (Treehugger)

4. Scientists alarmed by number of diseased fish in the Gulf. A large amount of fish in the Gulf of Mexico are experiencing skin lesions, fin rot, spots, liver blood clots, and more. Scientists say many of the symptoms are consistent with oil exposure. (The Wonk Room)

5. Fatal black bear attacks on the rise. Since the 1960s, fatal bear attacks have been on the rise due to an increase in the human population. Eighty-six percent of deaths caused by bears have occurred since 1960. Surprisingly, 92 percent of the attacks were carried out by lone males. (Discovery News)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2011 3:37 pm

    I think black bear attacks are similar to cat attacks in that the person attacked was most likely doing something they shouldn’t have been and probably deserved it. When you invade an animal’s territory bad things happen.

  2. May 17, 2011 8:07 pm

    I’m glad to read the BLM are putting things on hold to look out for the tortoises! That being said, I hope they find their habitat won’t be lost so they can move forward with the solar panel project.

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