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Today’s news: Global tiger day, mandatory micro chips for pets and more

August 1, 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. Did Ice Age derail dog domestication? It’s believed that some dogs were domesticated some 33,000 years ago, but none of the dogs alive today are descendants of these dogs are alive today. An analysis found that the Ice Age might have wiped out domestic dogs.

Our moms don't like it when we do that either.

2. Celebrate global tiger day. Last year was entitled the “Year of the Tiger” since there are less than 4,000 left in the world. 13 nations pledged to work together to help boost the world’s tiger population. Friday was World Tiger Day and even though there have been setbacks recently, there are things to celebrate. A tiger survey in India shows there’s been a 20 percent increase in the region. (Treehugger)

3. Dolphins’ sixth sense detects electric fields. Dolphins are the first placental mammals confirmed to be able to detect electric fields – most likely to help them find prey. This trait was found in Guiana dolphins, who live in South America. They detect electricity through pores similar to whiskers. (MSNBC)

4. New York City to sterilize feral cats. New York City is going to finance a program to sterilize feral cats that also includes requiring owners of roaming cats to be sterilized as well. Animal advocacy groups hope the program will reduce the number of stray cats in the city, and will make cats that make it to shelters more adoptable. (New York Times)

5. Microchips for pets to become mandatory? Microchipping your pet can help you increase the chances of being reunited with a lost pet. But some lawmakers also think they can save money. It could help cut costs at animal shelters. If an animal is lost, the shelter can easily contact the owner. (MSNBC)

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One Comment leave one →
  1. August 26, 2011 7:41 am

    Awesome, I love animals 🙂

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