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Today’s news: a dog mathematician, global warming and Tasmanian devil babies

August 22, 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 becomes local celebrity for his math skills. A black lab in Montana is getting a lot of attention because of his ability to do simple math. The dog’s owner claims if he tells him “there are six dogs at the park and three dogs leave, and then asks him how many are left, the dog replies: “Woof, woof, woof.'” We don’t see what’s so impressive about that; when this dog can balance our bank accounts, then we’ll be impressed. (MSNBC)

Show me your teeth.

2. Blame humans for recent shark attacks. As we’ve mentioned before, shark attacks are extremely rare. But a slew of them this summer have left researchers looking for a cause, and surprise surprise, humans may be the culprit. Low cost air travel to shark tourism spots, over-fishing, and global warming may all be playing their part in attacks this summer. As humans spend more time in the water, we might inevitably have more run-ins with sharks. Researchers say global warming may be affecting sharks in ways we’re not aware of yet. (Discovery News)

3. Wildlife running from warming at faster rate. Across the planet, animals and plants are heading north at a quick clip to outpace global warming. 2,000 species were recently analyzed and it was found that they’re moving “from the equator at an average rate of more than 15 feet per day, about a mile per year.” Researchers say that the speed at which this is happening is much faster than previously thought. (MSNBC)

4. Are better looking animals better protected? Polar bears and pandas are arguably the face of global warming and extinction, respectively. But if they weren’t adorable and cuddly looking, would this movement have caught on? It’s an interesting question, and one that environmental groups are taking more and more seriously. They worry people are only interested in saving adorable or gorgeous animals, like tigers and pandas, while other less attractive species need more protection – and might even be more important to their ecosystems. (Time)

5. Tasmanian devils on display at Australian zoo. Five adorable Tasmanian devil babies are now on display at a zoo in Australia. They’re swaddled in adorable towels and if your jaw doesn’t drop from cuteness then got the fuck off our blog. (MSNBC)

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One Comment leave one →
  1. August 23, 2011 12:34 am

    Love the devils, who knew they were so cute.

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