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Today’s news: bi-sexual squid, autistic Bonobos and more

September 26, 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. Angry fish inhabit most home aquariums. You might think a fake treasure chest and aquaman are keeping your fish happy but you’re wrong and you’re a terrible pet owner. Apparently, all 182.9 million ornamental fish in the U.S. are bored with their aquariums and it’s making them angry. (Discovery News)

2. Horny squid are bi-sexuals. Just like humans, if a squid hasn’t gotten any in a while, it’s standards get lower – and weirder. Giant squid are so rare that they rarely run into other members of their species so when they do, it doesn’t matter what sex it is. One species will get it on with male or female squid, even if they’re going to end up wasting their sperm. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. (LiveScience)

I want to be in pictures!

3. Camera traps in Sumatra depict vibrant diversity of rainforest. Conservationists in the rainforests of Sumatra are setting up cameras so they can better understand the biodiversity in the area. The project, called Eyes on Leuser, has installed 10 cameras and already caught 26 rare species on film. (Yale 360)

4. Illinois launches anti-hunger program using Asian carp. Officials in Illinois are hoping to kill two birds with one stone – by killing fish. Asian carp are invasive in the area and officials are hoping to combat their takeover by catching them and serving them to hungry people in the area. (MSNBC)

5. Young Bonobo shows signs of autism. A one-year-old Bonobo shows signs of repetitious behavior, avoiding eye contact, and can’t sit still for long, which are all signs of autism. Researchers think this is just one more trait that humans and monkeys have in common. (Discovery News)

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