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Today’s news: cops pepper spray a kangaroo and orca whales are really rude

July 29, 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. Drought leaves 1.5 million bats in city hungry. A drought in Austin, Texas has left 1.5 million bats to seek refuge under a bridge. That’s right – there are 1.5 million bats living under one bridge in Austin. The drought has killed off crops throughout Texas, and as a result, has killed off bugs that bats like to chomp on. The bats need to find new spots to get food now. (MSNBC)

2. Orcas snatch calves from humpback mother. Here’s a story that shows the downside of whale watching – and it’s all on video. A group in Australia watched a humpback whale mother try to defend her baby from a group of orcas. The orcas battled the mother for her two babies and were eventually successful in taking both away from her. Not all whales eat other whales, but orcas have been dubbed “the enemy of other whales.” Killer whales indeed. (Discovery News)

3. Cops pepper spray attacking kangaroo. In yet another article that proves living in Australia is terrifying, police recently pepper sprayed a kangaroo that attacked a 94-year-old woman. The kangaroo’s victim is okay, and police say it’s rare for a kangaroo to be so aggressive. The kangaroo was a “Big Red” which can stand almost 5 feet tall and weigh almost 200 pounds. (MSNBC)

Ramblin man.

4. South Dakota was home to lion killed in Connecticut. As we previously reported, a mysterious mountain lion was killed in Connecticut. It’s now been determined that the mountain lion hails from South Dakota, meaning he traveled up to 1,500 miles before he ended up in Connecticut. (New York Times)

5. Environmentalists, government debate wolf in court. Environmentalists went to federal court this week to restore endangered species protections to 1,200 gray wolves. Conservation groups believe the federal government didn’t have the right to intervene in removing wolves from the endangered species list. (MSNBC)

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  1. July 31, 2011 11:50 pm

    I wish we could transport those bats to South Dakota. With all the flooding, we have plenty of bugs they could eat.

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