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Today’s news: good news for the Serengeti, new crabs and how to save a whale

June 24, 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. Highway splitting Serengeti National Park called off. The Tanzanian government has called off construction on a highway that would have disrupted the largest annual animal migration in the world. WOOHOO! It’s predicted the road would have decreased wildebeest populations by a third, as well as diminish populations of lions, hyenas, crocodiles (oh my!) and more animals due to less amounts of prey. Yeah, get out of there you stupid cars! (Treehugger)

2. How to free a whale.  Can you imagine how awesome it would feel to free a trapped whale? We can’t, but you can at least watch this badass group of people successfully do it. The video is absolutely amazing – the whale even seems to say “thank you” at the end. Watch it now. (Discovery News)

3. New giant crab species discovered. Researchers in Costa Rica have discovered a new species of land crab that can grow to over a foot large. The island where the new crab was discovered is uninhabited but is becoming increasingly endangered as poachers and illegal fisherman move in. (Treehugger)

No wonder this island is uninhabited.

4. Pimped out pet adoption centers. A nonprofit group in Southern California is trying to make pet adoption centers more glamorous and inviting. The stores are billed as “Adopt and Shop” stores and are designed to combat the idea of “intimidating and sad” adoption shelters. They even have adoption counselors to help you find the perfect pet. Hey, whatever it takes to get more animals adopted. (Christian Science Monitor)

5. Parrots can think like 4-year-olds. Parrots are capable of logical thinking so maybe you should start giving them better parts of the newspaper to line their cages. Parrots were able to use reasoning to find food – which is a skill humans learn when they’re around 4-years-old. The only other animals known to use reasoning like this are great apes. (MSNBC)

One Comment leave one →
  1. June 26, 2011 11:59 pm

    Love the idea of improving shelters. Anything to give pets a better shot at being adopted is something I can back.

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