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Today’s news: Shooting stray dogs, hybrid sharks, and a crab named after The Hoff

January 6, 2012

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. Decision to shoot stray dogs under review. It seems weird that this needs to be reviewed – but here goes. Officials in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania are reconsidering letting police officers shoot stray dogs. Nothing good has ever come from Pennsylvania. Ever. The worst part of this story? A leaked memo from the police department says “officers [should] inform citizens the dog is ‘going to a nice farm in the country.'” Way to go Pennsylvania. Way to go. (Discovery News)

2. World’s first hybrid shark found in Australia. Like we always say at Current Instincts, if something sounds terrifying, it’s probably from Australia. Okay, maybe we’ve never said that, but we’ve certainly thought it. 57 new sharks have been found, and researchers think the interbreeding is a response to climate change or fishing patterns. The researchers claim the species won’t evolve into a “mega-shark”, but even the fact that they felt the need to warn us of that makes us a little nervous. (Telegraph)

I shall destroy your wind turbine blades.

3. Feds propose allowing wind-farm developer to kill golden eagles. Developers of a central Oregon wind-farm may get a unique permit that allows them to kill three golden eagles over five years as long as they meet all their other environmental obligations. Killing or disturbing bald eagles without a permit has been illegal since 1940. The birds would presumably be killed by the blades of the wind turbines. (MSNBC)

4. ‘The Hoff’ crab found in the ocean. A new crab species found on the floor of the Southern Ocean has been nicknamed “The Hoff” because of its hair chest. They were found in large numbers near volcanic vents. No word how Germans feel about this discovery yet. (BBC News)

5. Can dogs read your mind? Unfortunately, no. How do you get to be one of these researchers who just chills with dogs all day? Can we get that job? Anyway. New research shows that dogs often seem psychic, they’re not actually reading your mind. But similar to human babies, they will track your motions which can help them deduce your intentions. (Discovery News)

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