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Today’s news: deer birth control, Daryl Hannah arrested for defending the environment, and more weird news

September 7, 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. Daryl Hannah arrested for protesting Keystone XL oil pipeline. Ladies and gentleman, we being a very strange news roundup with the star of such movies as “Kill Bill” and “Splash.” She was arrested last week with a group of activists protesting the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline extension. The pipeline would stretch for 1,661 miles from Alberta, Canada to Illinois and Oklahoma. Many environmental groups are opposed to the plan. (Christian Science Monitor)

2. First new U.S. bird species probably extinct. The good news is that the first new species of bird in the U.S. in nearly four decades has been confirmed. The bad news? It might already have become extinct since the last known sighting. The last time it was spotted was in Hawaii. (Yale 360)

3. Alaska woman punches bear in face, saves dog. Have you ever punched a bear in the face? Have you ever done it while having super awesome purple hair? And did you then save the life of your dog? No? Neither have we and we’re totally jealous of Brook Collins for doing all of those things. The 22-year-old Alaska woman punched a black bear in the face after he attacked her dog. The dog is okay. Do you think Bianca would do that for LG and Peggy Sue? We like to think so. (MSNBC)

You will be keeping your innocence for a long time little friend.

4. Deer birth control could prevent collisions. Deer birth control is a thing. We told you this was a weird roundup.  The injection makes deer not want to do it for up to 5 years. The idea behind the injection is to stop deer from destructive courtship behaviors, like jumping in front of cars. Now there’s a way to get someone’s attention that we never thought of. (Discovery News)

5. Do dolphins mourn their dead? Researchers usually don’t like giving animals, so called human traits, like mourning. But new evidence is making it harder and harder to deny that dolphins don’t seem to be mourning their dead. During one researching expedition, a dolphin was seen pushing her deceased calf to the surface, presumably trying to help him breathe. (Mother Nature Network)

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One Comment leave one →
  1. September 12, 2011 1:43 pm

    Oh scientists. Just because we can’t prove feelings doesn’t mean they aren’t there. We know other humans have feelings because We have them, not because we were able to come up with some test that proves the existence of feelings.

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