Today’s news: Snowy owls take over the U.S. and a monkey rediscovered
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. World’s first iridescent mammal discovered. The animal kingdom just got a little more fierce. And we mean it the way Heidi Klum means it, which is more meaningful we think. An iridescent sheer has been detected in golden moles, making it the first mammal to produce a rainbow-like glow. PLOT TWIST: the moles are blind, so they can’t even see how bitchingly awesome they look. (Discovery News)
2. South African park gets extra rhino wardens. Kruger national park in South Africa is getting some extra protection for its rhinos. An additional 150 rangers are being deployed and a 95 mile electric fence will be built along the border of Mozambique for extra protection against poachers. 333 rhinos were slaughtered in 2010 for their horns, which some believe have magical healing powers. (BBC)
3. A snowy owl boom is hitting the northern U.S. An unusually high number of snowy owls are venturing into the northern U.S. this winter, possibly driven by a sparsity of food in the Arctic. Bird watchers all over the country have been spotting the birds in unprecedented numbers. One was spotted as far away as Hawaii. (Yale 360)
4. Do dolphins sleep talk in whale? We think the fact that dolphins seem to be humming whale songs in their sleep is a good indication they’re planning a coup against their big mammal brethren. Or maybe it’s just that dolphins are really smart. Either way, researchers have discovered that dolphins seem to be learning the language of humpback whales by replaying whale songs while they sleep. (Discovery News)
5. Monkey long believed extinct spotted in Indonesia. A monkey so rare it was believed to be extinct, has been rediscovered by scientists in Borneo, Indonesia. The monkeys were caught on camera traps in the Wehea Forest. (MSNBC)