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Today’s news: poisonous rhinos and California about to ban shark fin soup

September 12, 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. Poisonous rhinos discourage poachers. Rhinos are already pretty intimidating – with the horns and the charging. Now, they’re also POISONOUS. But they’re poisonous for a good cause. It was recently discovered that a medical mixture used to destroy parasites on the rhinos is also toxic to humans. This could help in deterring poachers. (Discovery News)

2. Humans hard-wired to respond to animals. We all know a cute kitten or puppy can make us turn to mush and start speaking in baby talk, but apparently our brains are set to respond to all kinds of animals – cute or not. A research team recently discovered that our brains react positively to seeing images of animals. (Livescience)

Nom nom nom.

3. Dugongs, turtles face mass starvation after storm. The effects of flooding in Queensland, Australia are still being felt on the wildlife down under. Dugongs (relatives of manatees) and turtles have been washing up dead on the shore near the Great Barrier Reef. Naturalists think sea grass is dying because of the flooding and a cyclone that hit the area. (Treehugger)

4. California set to ban shark fin soup. California is set to become the next state to ban shark fin soup. Both houses of the state’s legislature have passed a bill that will end the sale and trade of shark fins. It is now up to the governor to sign or veto the bill. If the governor signs it or does nothing the ban will go into effect on January 1, 2012. (Discovery News)

5. Rescuers free drunken moose from tree. A drunk moose was found in a tree in Sweden. It somehow got drunk off apples and this is a common problem in Sweden. (MSNBC)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 12, 2011 1:41 pm

    “….And this is a common problem in Sweden…” LOL!

  2. September 13, 2011 12:57 am

    Love the rhino story. It’s great that poachers may get what’s coming to them.

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