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Today’s news: Loggerhead turtles take a long time to grow up and fresh bamboo for pandas

November 9, 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. Loggerhead turtles take 45 years to grow up. We all know that turtles are slow, and seem to live forever, but now researchers have pinpointed the exact age that they mature. Female turtles will not start laying eggs until they are 45-years-old. This could be bad news, since researchers say that the longer it takes for an animal to reach maturity, the more vulnerable it is to unnatural deaths. (BBC)

2. Birth of Bronx Zoo’s M’bura overcomes odds. Last week, the Bronx Zoo introduced a new opaki calf to the public. The breed is considered “near-threatened” and they are extremely hard to document in the wild. Getting them to breed is very tricky, so officials at the zoo are super-pumped about M’bura’s birth. (New York Times)

3. Concern over puppy farms grows in Wales. Animal lovers across the pond are starting to take notice of puppy farms. The RSPCA (the UK’s version of the ASPCA) recently released a report that covered everything from puppy mills to the issue of free-range hens. The group hopes to press the Welsh government into creating tougher restrictions in the dog breeding world. (BBC)

4. Wounded elephant walks again thanks to fake foot. It’s a rare story that makes you angry and overjoyed at the same time, but this is one of them. A five-year-old elephant can walk again now that he has a giant prosthetic foot on his front leg. In 2007, he got his foot caught in a poachers trap, and nearly died. But some kind souls nursed him back to health, and he’s now doing great. Who would hurt a baby elephant?!?!? WHO!?!?!? (MSNBC)


5. Panda bamboo to be grown at Edinburgh Zoo. Giant pandas at the Edinburgh Zoo in London will have home-grown bamboo to nosh on. The zoo will initially grow 15 percent of the bamboo required to feed the adorable endangered animals. (BBC)

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