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Today’s News: A dog returns home after 5 years, Aussie birds get drunk, and a mystery killer in Canada

May 23, 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. Dog returned to owners after being lost for 5 years. Cookie the Chihuahua — who vanished from his San Diego home in 2006 — was found wandering the streets in a nearby neighborhood last week. He was reunited with his owners thanks to a microchip. If only that microchip could tell us what the hell this little dog has been up to for half a decade. (Huffington Post)

2. Ancient mammals sniffed their way smarter. Scientists have discovered that early mammals grew bigger brains to accommodate their fine-tuned sense of smell. (Discovery News)

Beer goggles.

Beer goggles.

3. Aussie birds get drunk, loud, and fall from the sky. It’s a classic case of flying under the influence. Lorikeets, parrot-like birds native to Australia, are naturally a rowdy bunch that often disturb their human neighbors’ sleep by yelling in bird all night. Recently, though, things have really gotten out of control. The birds have developed a drinking problem and now are falling from the sky. (TreeHugger)

4. Dolphin, whale blubber harbor chemicals. Toxic chemicals are being found in dolphins and whales. This research may help clarify potential threats to human health since we eat the same fish as these water mammals. (Discovery News)

5. Mystery animal stalking Canadian community. A wolf-dog like creature has been attacking and killing cats and dogs in a small town in British Columbia. Residents have been urged to not let their pets, children, and farm animals roam unsupervised. (CTV Edmonton)

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  1. May 24, 2011 12:48 am

    Those microchips are great. Too bad they don’t make one with GPS. The only GPS available is on a collar that could fall off the pet. With GPS, we could always find our pets.

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