Quick Hits: Iditarod Sled Dog Dies; World's Rarest Parrot

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These stories are worth a click:

* A 6-year-old sled dog died during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race which began over the weekend in Alaska. The cause of death is unknown. – Anchorage Daily News

* The world’s rarest, heaviest and weirdest parrot has now reached a population of 100–after 33 years of vigilance since it was re-discovered in New Zealand. Volunteers camp out to protect nests of the Kakapo, which can’t fly, is nocturnal and uses a sub-sonic mating boom. – Radio New Zealand and Monsters and Critics

* Biologists turning to cheaper less invasive ways to study animal populations–like looking at their hair or scat. – New York Times

* California may pass a slew of laws to protect animals with tougher laws against dog-fighting, puppy mills and animal hit-and-run. – LA Times

* Santino, a chimp at a Swedish zoo, premeditates his stone-throwing attacks on visitors–even breaking up concrete to make missiles. – Discovery

* Tricks almost anyone can teach a cat. – Petside.com

* Kenyan are elephants now being targeted by poachers who used poison darts, which rangers can’t hear. – IFAW

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