Cane toads creep closer to Sydney after ‘concerning’ population found at Lake Macquarie

Cane toads creep closer to Sydney after ‘concerning’ population found at Lake Macquarie

It’s not unusual for the odd cane toad to hop a ride on a truck or car and hitchhike down the east coast of New South Wales, but a growing tally of these warty, toxic pests have made their way to a private property an hour’s drive north of Sydney – and the threat is … Read more

January 2025 deadline set for mandatory e-tagging of sheep and goats around Australia

January 2025 deadline set for mandatory e-tagging of sheep and goats around Australia

It will be mandatory in Australia for farmers to tag sheep and goats with electronic identification tags from January 1, 2025. Key points: Agriculture ministers have agreed to set a deadline of January 1, 2025 to introduce mandatory electronic tags for sheep and goats Electronic tags could help authorities trace sheep and goats in the event of … Read more

Emergency plans give more attention to animals than children, research shows

Emergency plans give more attention to animals than children, research shows

In the shared bathrooms of a Mallacoota bushfire evacuation centre, Red Cross emergency services volunteer Pam Halnon found a mother struggling to sanitise baby bottles with cold tap water.  Key points: Research suggests young children and their parents face “benign neglect” in emergency situations Studies show more information is available about caring for pets than babies Adjunct … Read more

North-west Queensland ‘overwhelmed’ with undesexed dogs and cats as vets face uphill battle

North-west Queensland ‘overwhelmed’ with undesexed dogs and cats as vets face uphill battle

On a fold-out plastic table in a remote community hall, Hannah Burton finishes desexing her 20th animal for the day.  Key points: At least $50,000 has been spent on desexing dogs and cats in north-west Queensland over the past year Despite the efforts of vets and rescue groups, numbers of neglected or roaming pets continue to rise … Read more

Wily seal that cruised to pond surrenders at police station

Wily seal that cruised to pond surrenders at police station

A gray seal that wandered into a Massachusetts pond and evaded authorities’ attempts to capture him turned himself in Friday after waddling up to the local police station. The gray seal first appeared earlier this month in Shoe Pond in the city of Beverly, northeast of Boston. The animal is believed to have traveled to … Read more

Magpies attack season starts in Victoria with some playgrounds closed

Magpies attack season starts in Victoria with some playgrounds closed

With spring now well under way, Victorians have begun to experience the wrath of magpie swooping season. Four-year-old Archer Natoli is one of the recent victims. He was attacked by a territorial bird at Bicentennial Park in Chelsea, in Melbourne’s southeast, on Tuesday. WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Melbourne playground closed as magpies swoop. Watch the … Read more

32 whales rescued after around 200 die in mass stranding in Australia

32 whales rescued after around 200 die in mass stranding in Australia

CNN  —  Rescue teams have managed to save 32 pilot whales following a mass stranding this week in a remote part of in Australia that saw the deaths of around 200 whales. The stranded pod had been discovered by Tasmanian wildlife officials on Monday – at which time, half of the group were still thought … Read more

Tasmania whale stranding: 200 whales dead, 35 remain alive

Tasmania whale stranding: 200 whales dead, 35 remain alive

CNN  —  Around 200 whales have died and just 35 remain alive following a mass stranding in Australia this week, rescue teams say. The pilot whales were found Wednesday stranded on an exposed beach along the coast of Tasmania. Rescue efforts are ongoing to save the remaining whales. “We are primarily focused this morning on … Read more

Chinese researchers clone an Arctic wolf in ‘landmark’ conservation project

Chinese researchers clone an Arctic wolf in ‘landmark’ conservation project

Hong Kong CNN  —  Researchers in China have cloned a wild Arctic wolf – and they’re hoping the controversial genetic technology can now be used to help save other species under threat as the world edges toward an extinction crisis. On Monday, the Beijing-based company Sinogene Biotechnology unveiled the female wolf clone, named Maya by … Read more

Pink Floyd Reissue Of Classic ‘Animals’ Given An Updated Cover

Pink Floyd Reissue Of Classic ‘Animals’ Given An Updated Cover

Cover of Pink Floyd’s Animals (2018 Remix) designed by Aubrey Powell. credit: Sony Legacy When Roger Waters, the co-founder of Pink Floyd, recently performed at New York’s Madison Square Garden during his This Is Not a Drill tour, he brought with him two giant inflatables—one shaped like a sheep and the other a pig—that circled … Read more