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Today’s news: most common dog and cat diseases and an orphan tiger gets a new home

May 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. Most common dog and cat diseases revealed. A new study has revealed some startling trends in pet health. There has been a 46% increase in diabetes in dogs since 2005 and shows that owners put off bringing their cats to the vet. The most common disease diagnosed in dogs and cats was dental tartar. (Discovery News)

2. How long does it take for a species to go extinct? Longer than we thought it turns out. The pace at which plants and animals are going extinct might be greatly exaggerated. A way of judging how quickly species are going extinct might be flawed. (Christian Science Monitor)

Survivor.

3. Orphan tiger cub moved to new home. An orphaned tiger found in 2007 in critical condition is moving to a national park in Bhopal. Where is Bhopal? We don’t know but it means that this tiger cub is doing really well and gets to frolic and play in a protected environment. (Zee News)

4. Smithsonian freezing coral embryos to save reef. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has begun freezing corals in an attempt to save the Great Barrier Reef. Hopefully, the frozen corals can be used anytime in the future to repopulate depleted species. (Treehugger)

5. Protecting tuna from Libyan war. While most of the world is focusing on the war on land in Libya, another war is starting at sea for the bluefin tuna. The Libyan government has said that fishing for the tuna will be permitted this year. (Discovery News)

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