November 30, 2010 04:56 PM

These stories are worth a click:

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a flying snake! A new study, in which scientists threw paradise tree snakes from a 50-foot tower, suggests that the snakes are active fliers, manipulating their bodies to aerodynamic effect, making it appear they are slithering in the air.–New York Times

We’ve all heard of people who love their pets too much. But what about loving your pet to death? Such was the case with Tom Tom, a healthy 2-year-old Yorkshire terrier who was euthanized and laid to rest last March after its late owner, Donald Ellis, left explicit instructions that his beloved Yorkie be put down and buried with him. It wasn’t an anomaly; more and more people are asking to have their healthy animals euthanized after their own death. –MSNBC.com

Glow-in-the-dark cats? It may sound like science fiction, but they’ve been around for years. These and many other genetically modified organisms exist today because their DNA has been altered and combined with other DNA to create an entirely new set of genes. Mother Nature Network takes a look at the some of the weirdest genetically engineered plants and animals already in existence – and others that are coming your way soon.–Huffington Post

About 20,000 horses have been abandoned or destroyed in Ireland since the country’s economic crisis, according to the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Ireland’s racehorse ownership was the highest in Europe during the country’s boom years, but since the recession the animals have been abandoned by owners who can no longer afford to keep them.–The Daily Telegraph

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