The Week in Animal News: Singing Mice, Santa Swims with Sharks, and More

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Mice that tweet like birds? Yes, they now exist in Japan.

See how these new musical rodents could mean big advances in science, and then check out the rest of the week's animal news: birds going extinct and other birds making a comeback, animals with strange noses, daring deer rescues, and more.

Mice that Tweet Like Birds

It's difficult to study the evolution of language using animals, but scientists in Japan have come up with a new -- and accidental -- way of going about it: Using genetic engineering, they have created mice that can chirp tunes just like those birds in your back yard.

Read the Full Story: Japanese Scientists Create a Mutant Mouse that Tweets Like a Bird

Photo credit: Osaka University via Discovery News