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the ancient four-legged whale in the sea

Ancient four-legged whale walked on land

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Scientists have uncovered fossils of an ancient four-legged whale that walked on land and swam in the sea 43 million year ago

A supplied image obtained on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, shows a baby three-toed skink hatches from an egg. Researchers at the University of Sydney have observed a three-toed skink who gave birth to eggs followed by a live baby three weeks later from the same pregnancy. (AAP Image/Nadav Pezaro) NO ARCHIVING

Australia’s surprising supermum skink

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Scientists have called a three-toed skink one of the weirdest lizards in the world after watching it lay eggs and then give birth to a baby, all in one litter

A mako shark spotted at Browns Mountain, a sea mountain off the Sydney coastline in an area where a large collection of sea life congregate. The mako had a fishing line attached from a previous catch and release and was attracted by burley designed to attract fish to the boat.

The massive mako shark mystery

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An Australian fisherman pulled in what he thought was an enormous shark, only to find it was just the head. His gruesome discovery has intrigued the world

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World’s biggest T-rex unearthed

Chris Pratt faces a rampaging T-Rex dinosaur in a scene from film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
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A massive, fierce dinosaur nicknamed Scotty has been dug from sandstone. Its leg bones are so big it is thought to have weighed 8800kg when it roamed the Earth

Kookaburra named Thunder for sale in US

Supplied Wendy Davidson Kookaburra
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An Australian woman has found a lone kookaburra for sale in a cage in a US pet shop. Unfortunately, she’s not allowed to bring it home to its native habitat

Weird, wacky, wonderful nature photos

Australian huntsman spider aren't very dangerous to humans
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We’ve compiled an incredible collection of photographs of creatures big and small interacting with the world in amazing ways. Which photo do you like best?

Big win in fight against extinction

Plains-wanderer chicks at Werribee Open Range Zoo. Picture: Zoos Victoria
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A heat lamp, a feather duster and lots of expert care has helped nine precious plains-wanderer chicks hatch and thrive, an important species-saving step

Rare albino penguin comes out to play

In this image made from video, an albino penguin is seen along in its enclosure in Gdansk zoo, Gdansk, Poland, Friday, March 22, 2019. An extremely rare white penguin has made its public debut at the Gdansk zoo in northern Poland. The albino penguin hatched in mid-December and has been under veterinary care. In natural conditions such unusual-looking penguin would be rejected by other penguins and would have little chance of survival. (AP Photo)
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A rare albino penguin has made its first public appearance at a Polish zoo. Normally other penguins reject albinos, but this bird is feeling the love from its parents and two special friends

Incredible video of snake eating snake

The larger snake eating the smaller snake
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An Australian woman has filmed extraordinary video of a fight to the death of two snakes of different species, with one getting a big meal for its efforts

Big fish catches fishermen by surprise

Hunter and Steven Jones with a Sunfish found on the Coorong over the weekend. Picture: Jacob Jones
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A group of friends thought they saw a massive rock on the sand, but we now know it was an ocean sunfish, one of the world’s biggest fish and very rare in these waters

New wallaby-sized Australian dinosaur found

A recreation of Galleonosaurus dorisae and its Cretaceous environment. Artist credit: James Kuether
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Millions of years before wallabies, a wallaby-sized dinosaur was running around a long-vanished valley between the continents we call Australia and Antarctica

Three disco-dancing peacock spiders found

Maratus aquilus. Picture: Joseph SchubertSource:Twitter
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An Australian citizen scientist has discovered three beautiful new species of disco-dancing peacock spiders. Arachnophobes needn’t worry: they’re the size of a grain of rice

Diver trapped in whale’s mouth … and lives

Rainer Schimpf was briefly swallowed by the whale. Picture:
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Rainer Schimpf didn’t realise he’d been swallowed by a 15m whale until everything went black. Luckily, it didn’t like the taste of him and spat him out. This is his amazing survival story

Researchers find dingoes are not dogs

Dingo Puppy
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Researchers from several Australian universities have determined the dingo is not a dog but a unique native species of its own

Saddest elephant in the world dies

Flavia the elephant. Picture: Facebook/Zoo de Cordoba
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She was the face of animal rights campaigns and suffered from depression, and now, Flavia the elephant has died after being kept on her own for 43 years in a Spanish zoo

Scientists find giant bee thought to be extinct

TOPSHOT - This undated handout photomontage provided by Global Wildlife Conservation on February 21, 2019, shows a living Wallace’s giant bee (Megachile pluto) (R), which is approximately four times larger than a European honeybee, after it was rediscovered in the Indonesian islands of the North Moluccas. - The world's largest bee -- roughly the size of a human thumb -- has been rediscovered in a remote part of Indonesia in its first sighting in nearly 40 years, researchers said on February 21, 2019. Despite its conspicuous size, no one had observed Wallace's giant bee -- discovered in the 19th century by British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace and nicknamed the "flying bulldog" -- in the wild since 1981, the Global Wildlife Conservation said. (Photo by CLAY BOLT / Global Wildlife Conservation / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GLOBAL WILDLIFE CONSERVATION / CLAY BOLT" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES
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Scientists have rediscovered a giant bee, nicknamed the ‘flying bulldog’, on a remote Indonesian island after thinking it had been extinct for 30 years

Whale found in Amazon jungle

Humpback whale dead in Amazon. Picture: Instagram/bicho_dagua
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Scientists have rushed to examine an 8m humpback whale found in thick mangroves in the Amazon jungle, a long way from its natural habitat

Scientists discover why zebras have stripes

RACING STRIPES
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It’s a question everyone asks — why do zebras have black-and-white stripes? Now scientists have found the answer and it’s all about blood-sucking insects and protection from diseases

Rare baby otters pass first test

The Perth Zoo otter family now features nine individuals.Picture: Simon Santi
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Three rare otter pups have passed their first hands-on health checks by vets at Perth Zoo, a big milestone in the international program to save the species from extinction

Pandas may have to leave Australia

Update on Fu Ni
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Adelaide Zoo’s giant pandas Wang Wang and Fu Ni have failed to have a baby panda and will be sent back to China unless the Australian government steps in

Huge dinosaur tracks found in Queensland

Excavation teams have discovered Sauropod tracks near Winton, QLD. Drone image of the site.
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Detailed sauropod, ornithopod and theropod tracks 95 million years old have been discovered in a Queensland creekbed and will soon be safe from floods and on show to the public

Our insects are in big trouble

Bugs
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The first major review of insect research has revealed the world’s insect populations are disappearing much faster than mammals, birds and reptiles

Bees know how to do basic maths

Bee and Honeycomb Bee and Honeycomb Bee and Honeycomb Bee and Honeycomb
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An Australian study has found that despite having tiny brains, bees can learn to add and subtract 

Murray cod to be trucked to safety

Jarod Lyon - Electrofishing
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After pictures of millions of dead fish shocked the world, the NSW government has begun a bold plan to catch trapped Darling River fish and truck them downstream

Horse trainer Darren Weir gets 4-year ban

Darren Weir (left) is seen leaving Victorian Racing Club's headquarters, Flemington, Melbourne, Wednesday, February 6, 2018. (AAP Image/Daniel Pockett) NO ARCHIVING
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Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Darren Weir has been banned from training racehorses for 4 years after he was found with electronic devices linked to animal cruelty and cheating

Little mammals our bushfire heroes

28/11/2001. Moonlight Sanctuary at Pearcedale. An Eastern Bettong stares out of its hole whilst its baby stays back.
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A new study of Tasmania’s forests found that the many small native animals that live there have a vital role to play in reducing the impact of bushfires

Drones to collect Antarctic whale poo

A supplied image obtained on Friday, January 18, 2019, shows an underwater shot of blue whale taken off coast of San Diego in the Pacific Ocean. (AAP Image, Mike Johnson/Australian Antarctic Division) NO ARCHING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY, STRICTLY NON COMMERCIAL USE AND ONE TIME USE ONLY
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Scientists want to know whether the shape of massive Antarctic krill swarms affect how whales eat, poo and fertilise the ocean. Luckily, drones will do the dirty work

World’s rarest shark spotted by fishermen

The flat bodied angel shark is one of the world's rarest sharks.
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One of the world’s rarest sharks, the flat-bodied angel shark, has been spotted off the coast of Wales by a group of fishermen

Honour for shark victim turned shark saviour

SA shark expert Rodney Fox and salmon shark fossil.
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Lifetime award given to shark victim turned shark saviour Rodney Fox, who overcame his fear of the ocean predators after almost dying in a vicious attack

Beware tiny creatures hiding in seashells

Marine Animals Learn Poster Hovering blue ringed octopus
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After a day of building sandcastles and collecting shells on a Western Australian beach a young girl unknowingly took home a very dangerous creature

Last Galapagos tortoise helping humans

Lonesome George, the last known individual of the Pinta Island Tortoise, subspecies Geochelone nigra abingdoni, walks around Galapagos National Park's breeding center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz island, in the Galapagos Archipelago, on April 19, 2012. Lonesome George died and left the world one subspecies poorer. The only remaining Pinta Island giant tortoise and celebrated symbol of conservation efforts in the Galapagos Islands passed away Sunday with no known offspring, the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador said in a statement. Estimated to be more than 100 years old, the creature's cause of death remains unclear and a necropsy is planned. AFP PHOTO/RODRIGO BUENDIA
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Lonesome George was known as the rarest creature in the world, the last of his kind. But even after his death, the tortoise could hold the key to a long and healthy life for humans

“Holy Cow!” story goes viral

An enormous steer in Western Australia is making headlines. At 194cm 'Knickers' is the largest in his category in Australia. Picture: Twitter #7News
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Giant Australian steer Knickers is so big his story has gone viral around the world. Back on the farm, Knickers is just getting on with his job of coaching his herd of 20,000 much smaller bovines

Real unicorns walked alongside humans

An artist’s impression of the Elasmotherium. Picture: W. S. Van der Merwe Picture:Supplied
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Scientists know for sure that unicorns did exist. Advanced testing of a complete unicorn skull has provided a new understanding of why they became extinct, and it wasn’t humans’ fault

Loud, giant insect hatches after years underground

Green grocer cicadas spotted at Mt Gambier
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Mystery surrounds the details of how long these strange creatures live underground and why they hatch when they do, but we know for sure when cicadas are up and about by their deafening noises

Gigantic tubular sea worm dwarfs divers

The bizarre creature was made up of hundreds of thousands of organisms
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Pyrosomes this big are rarely seen, but this one put on a show for two shocked divers who watched it drifting by in the ocean. It was at least four times as long as each of them.

Great, great grandfather giraffe Mukulu has died

A supplied image obtained on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, shows Mukulu, the oldest male Rothschild?s Giraffe in the Australasian Region at the Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne. Giraffe Mukulu, known worldwide for an image of his mother kissing his head, has died at the age of 23. (AAP Image/Supplied by Melbourne Zoo) NO ARCHIVING
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Mukulu, the famous giraffe who helped protect his species from extinction, has died peacefully at his home. We look at the important giraffe breeding programs all around Australia

Baby bear’s big climb up to mummy bear

Supplied Editorial Baby bear struggles to keep up with mama bear
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A thrilling video of a baby bear’s big climb up a snowy mountainside is amazing to watch, but a good reminder that we need to keep a respectful distance from wildlife

How Phar Lap won the Cup and the nation’s heart

Phar Lap the horse on display in the Melbourne Story Gallery, 2008. For WT competition
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With the 2018 Melbourne Cup upon us, we look back at the history of Phar Lap — one of the greatest winners of the Cup and a horse that captured the imagination of the nation

Police officers rescue drowning kangaroo

A kangaroo has been rescued from the water by police at Safety Beach. Picture: Facebook
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Two police officers have performed a daring rescue to pull a struggling kangaroo from the surf. They even performed chest compressions to save its life. Watch the amazing video

Scientists discover ‘headless chicken monster’

Headless Chicken Monster
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Australian scientists exploring the depths of the Southern Ocean off Antarctica have filmed one of the weirdest sea creatures ever

Winx ‘already greatest of all time’

Melbourne Racing - Turnbull Stakes Day
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Trainer Chris Waller has declared Winx ‘already the greatest of all time’ regardless of whether she wins the Cox Plate to extend her winning streak to 29

Giant bones change 4-legged dinosaur theory

Viktor Joseph Radermacher (R), paleontology artist and Masters student in vertebrate paleontology, and Professor Jonah Choiniere of the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of Witwatersrand talk about the illustrations done by Radermacher of the newly discovered species of dinosaur named Ledumahadi Mafube, at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, on October 03, 2018. (Photo by GULSHAN KHAN / AFP)
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Early dinosaurs walked on two legs, but we have never known why they evolved to walk on four. A newly described species that “experimented” with walking on all fours could hold the answer

Carp control solution still a year away

Common carp. Photo: Biosecurity Queensland
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Cane toads aren’t Australia’s only introduced pest. Australia has a problem with carp, a species of fish that degrades river and creeks and makes life tough for native species

Photos capture hidden world of tiny life forms

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Nikon’s 2018 photomicrography competition — photos taken through a microscope — offers a glimpse into the fascinating and unseen world of tiny life forms

Big shark jumps into family’s little boat

Mark Norman helped pull this bull shark out of the boat
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A family in Queensland was watching carefully for a crocodile they could see from their little boat. But then they were surprised by a big, scary creature of another species

Insects crawling on to Australian menus

INSECT
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Insects are the latest food trend popping up on Australian plates as diners and chefs embrace the health and sustainability benefits of creepy crawlies

Aussies identify world’s oldest animal life form

Organically preserved Dickinsonia fossil from the White Sea area of Russia.
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Australian scientists have identified the world’s oldest animal life form from fossil fat. The find is so important it is being described as the Holy Grail of palaeontology

Cane toad mystery solved

Cane toads have adapted to life in sweltering northern Australia by altering their behaviour, say Aussie researchers. Rather than sleeping all day and rising only at night, which they’d normally do, the invasive pests get up and cool off in reservoirs, avoiding overheating while asleep
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Scientists have worked out how to make a cane toad, which helps them figure out how to make a virus to control these poisonous pests. Have you ever seen a cane toad?

Kids find giant jellyfish

The New Zealand family soon discovered the creature was a lion's mane jellyfish, the largest species of jellyfish in existence. (Credit: Adam Dickinson)
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It was big, pink and very much alive and it’s been identified as a lion’s mane jellyfish, which can grow as big as a blue whale. Have you ever seen a weird sea creature?

Whale hunting ban win

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 12, 2018 a Humpback whale jumps in the surface of the Pacific Ocean at the Uramba Bahia Malaga National Natural Park in Colombia. - On September 10, 2018 pro- and anti-whaling nations gathered in Brazil for the week-long showdown, where the incoming chairman of the bitterly-divided International Whaling Commission (IWC) Joji Morishita said the crucial talks during the meeting could determine the future of whaling. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)
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Forty countries have voted to ban whale hunting around the world, but some countries are fighting to continue. How do you feel about whaling?

Big Bobo meets mini-me

Rescue gorilla Bobo makes a tiny new pal in a bush baby he found in his enclosure
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A massive western lowland gorilla showed extreme care, playing with and looking after another primate who fitted neatly in the palm of his hand

Camels for Australian drought trial

Drought - Queensland
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Camels may be big and hungry, but they’re used to dry conditions and eat differently to cattle, so they could help care for drought-affected Australian farmland

Great white caught on camera

SUNDAY MAIL ONLY - FEE APPLIES - Mrs Moo rising from the depths at South Neptune Island - picture Andrew Fox
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After years visiting her in the Southern Ocean, researchers have got to know Mrs Moo the massive great white shark very well and have now taken some amazing photographs of her. 

Incredible moment a whale high-fived a diver

***STRICT ONLINE EMBARGO - NOT AVAILABLE FOR WEBSITE USAGE UNTIL 00:01 BST ON MONDAY 20TH AUGUST 2018*** These stunning pictures show a remarkable interaction with a playful humpback whale - including a near high-five between hand and fin. Taken by Sydney-based underwater photographer David Edgar in Tonga, they show the adolescent male seemingly frollicking with David's group, which included his wife Alice. David explains: "These photos came from a 2-3 hour encounter with an extremely playful adolescent male humpback whale. "The whale came right up to the boat and would “spy-hop”, which is swimming vertically and sticking his head out of the water to look at us. "A group of us got into the water, and within moments the curious whale was circling around us, and often swimming right underneath us to get a good look. "He (the whale) did this for about half an hour, as our group in the water bunched together tightly, basically staying in the exact same spot "He would often gently place his pectoral fin out in front of us, and just leave it hanging there as he swam around us "At one point, he swam away and then collected a group of his whale friends to come over and take a look at us too! They however, swam by, took a look, but ultimately weren’t as interested as he was in us." Where: Tonga When: 14 Jul 2018 Credit: David Edgar/Cover Images **Editorial use only**
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Amazing photographs have captured the moment a humpback whale high-fived a diver in a playful underwater exchange. Would you want to be that diver?

Lost kangaroo species found

The elusive Wondiwoi tree kangaroo of Indonesia, which was thought to be extinct, but has now been captured on camera by Michael Smith. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6074819/Tree-kangaroo-thought-gone-extinct-captured-film-time-90-YEARS.html
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Scientists thought this species of tree kangaroo was extinct, but a man on holiday looking for flowers found and photographed one, the first sighting since 1928

Incredible new pterosaur discovery

Artwork - artists impression of prehistoric flying reptile pterosaur dinosaur.
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Scientists have uncovered incredibly intact pterosaur remains. It had spiky fangs and a wingspan of 1.5m. Scary! Don’t worry, it died out around 65 million years ago

Prehistoric mega-shark teeth found at beach

Victorian fossil find uncovers prehistoric leftovers of colossal shark feast Size comparison chart
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Teacher finds rare fossilised teeth from 25 million-year-old prehistoric mega-shark at the beach

Injured bird flies again after feather transplant

Supplied undated image obtained Tuesday, August 7, 2018 of a tawny frogmouth that received a feather transplant after being found hanging by a wing from a barbed wire fence in Brisbane. A tawny frogmouth found tangled in a barbed wire fence has taken to the skies again after being given a feather transplant by a Brisbane vet. Vet Hamish Baron carefully cut off the damaged flight feathers and replaced them with donor feathers from the dead tawny frogmouth, using glue and metal rods to stabilise them. (AAP Image/Facebook, Brisbane Bird and Exotic Veterinary Services) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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A Queensland vet has performed a delicate feather transplant on a tawny frogmouth bird trapped on barbed wire. Now, it can fly again

Penguin population collapses

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Last time scientists visited this island, it was crowded with around two million king penguins. Alarmingly, there aren’t many left but no one is sure what has happened

Hitchhiking frog crosses Nullarbor

Spotted Thighed Frog - endangered species amphibians frogs
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It’s pretty and it’s native to Western Australia, yet scientists fear that this canny frog is on its way to invading Australia

Scientists find new venomous snake species

A supplied image obtained Monday, July 16, 2018 of a newly discovered Vermicella Parscauda Bandy Bandy snake near Weipa, Queensland. The survival of a newly discovered snake found only in Queensland's far north is at risk from Rio Tinto's bauxite mine in Weipa, scientists say. (AAP Image/University of Queensland, Bryan Fry) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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Scientists are in a race against time to find new species before they become extinct. A group of biologists have just had a big win, unexpectedly finding a new Australian snake species

Photo of the year tells a whale’s tale

Mermaid
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A young humpback whale calf already shows the scars of a tough life. Its image won the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest. Which photo would you choose?

Kids campaign to save orang-utan habitat

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 4, 2016 shows an orphan orangutan baby playing in a tree during "jungle school" at the International Animal Rescue centre outside the city of Ketapang in West Kalimantan. The population of orangutans in Borneo has plummeted by more than half since 1999 -- nearly 150,000 of the apes -- largely due to chopping down forests for logging, paper, palm oil and mining, researchers said on February 15, 2018. Illegal hunting of the critically endangered apes is also a leading factor in their disappearance, said the study published in the journal Current Biology. / AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYO
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Australian children have shown their commitment to the environment, writing more than 50,000 letters to politicians to campaign for labelling of palm oil

Australian fossil named after Obama

Flinders ranges fossils named after Barack Obama and David Attenborough
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Scientists have named two new Australian fossil discoveries after two of the world’s most famous science supporters — and for the resemblance to Barack Obama’s ears

Body language study translates dog talk

Sweet Ball Collecting Pup Henri
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Do you think your dog can talk? Perhaps it can. New research has found 47 ways your dog is communicating with you. But does that make them smarter than cats?

Dogs can be young readers’ best friend

Trauma Dog
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A dog can be a young reader’s best friend, listening patiently and not judging if their reading is not yet perfect. Would you enjoy reading to a dog?

New baby chimp photos

HOLD - CONTACT BRISBANE PIC DESK - Mum, Leakey, with her four month-old baby, Capri, at Rockhampton Zoo yesterday. Capri is the first baby chimpanzee born in Queensland in forty years. Both have been attracting large numbers of visitors to the zoo.
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Rockhampton Zoo’s female chimp Leakey and her baby chimp girl are getting along well and Capri is going great guns, as new photos and video reveal

Calling all cat blood donors

CAT BLOOD BANK
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Does your cat or a pet you know qualify to donate blood? A new cat blood bank shines a light on the importance of pets donating blood

Victory in quest to save Bacon

Bacon the Pig in Christies Beach
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UPDATE Bacon the celebrity pig’s future was uncertain because of government regulations. But he’s just had news he can stay with his owners!

Feathered frenzy comes to town

Emus mobs in Peterborough, Lawrence Heath from the council with emus
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A usually sleepy town in South Australian is being overrun with visitors — of the feathered kind — as dry conditions make food and water scarce

Octopus may be an alien from outer space

Polpo comune (Octopus vulgaris)
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A new scientific report claims the octopus, which is like no other animal on earth, could be an alien that arrived here from outer space

Ban rejected on live sheep exports

Supplied Editorial Fwd: Livestock export footage
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New rules, big fines and jail terms aim to stop sheep being shipped overseas in cruel conditions. But many believe live exporting should be banned. What do you think?

Town where polar bears outnumber people

Polar bear
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It’s freezing all year and dark day and night all winter but tourists flock there and locals love it. How is life bear-able in Svalbad?

Big trip for our elephant

OngardÕs 5th Birthday
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Ongard has a big new job in America. To get him to Amercia took years of planning and a lot of money. Can you guess how he got there?

Luxury life for pampered pets

Pampered pooches
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Expensive birthday parties, organic food, special holidays and much, much more: that’s the life of Australia’s pampered dogs. Do you know a dog who’s treated like a celebrity?

Special police medal for hero dog Max

This handout from Kelly Benston taken and received on April 21, 2018 shows Max, a seventeen-year-old blue heeler, in Warwick after he spent the night with a lost three-year-old in Australian bushland. Max, a deaf and partially blind dog that kept a lost three-year-old safe in Australian bushland overnight, was awarded police honours on April 21 after leading rescuers to the child. / AFP PHOTO / KELLY BENSTON / Kelly BENSTON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KELLY BENSTON" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVE
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Max the old blue heeler dog kept a missing three-year-old child safe. For his efforts, he has officially become Queensland’s first honorary police dog

Learning life lessons from a very old spider

This picture taken on January 1, 2016 and released by Curtin University on April 30, 2018 shows the world's oldest known spider which has died at the ripe old age of 43 after being monitored for years during a long-term population study in Perth, Australia. The trapdoor matriarch comfortably outlived the previous record holder, a 28-year-old tarantula found in Mexico, according to a study published in the Pacific Conservation Biology Journal. / AFP PHOTO / Curtin University / LEANDA MASON
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The world’s oldest spider, from Western Australia, has died aged 43. Scientists believe it can teach us a lot about how to live sustainably

Tasmanian tiger could soon be cloned

Tasmanian tiger.
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A cloning technique that was once thought of as science fiction is close to bringing the mammoth back to life. It could also pave the way for the return of one of Australia’s best-known lost species.

Mice, rabbits and creepy crawlies invade homes

A close-up shot of a mouse on a white background
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Mice, rabbits, locusts and other creepy crawlies are invading our homes in huge numbers

Shocking find in dead whale’s stomach

Divers Swim with Sperm Whales
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Scientists have found 30kg of plastic inside a dead sperm whale’s stomach. It is just one of thousands of animals killed each year as our oceans become clogged with rubbish

Australia’s last flamingo dies at zoo

An undated supplied photograph of 'Chile' the Chilean Flamingo at Adelaide Zoo, South Australia. Adelaide Zoo has euthanised Australia?s last flamingo in captivity 'Chile' due to age-related health issues. (AAP Image/ Supplied by ZOOS SA) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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Australia’s last flamingo has died after a long and happy life at Adelaide Zoo

Dinosaur footprints found on Scottish isle

This undated handout photograph released by The University of Edinburgh on April 2, 2018 and taken by Jon Hoad, shows the side-angle view of a sauropod footprint on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Dinosaur footprints dating back 170 million years have been discovered on a Scottish island and will help shed light on the reptiles' evolution, the University of Edinburgh said on April 2, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH / JON HOAD" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == NO ARCHIVE
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Footprints from one of the largest dinosaurs to ever walk on Earth have been discovered in a lagoon on the Isle of Skye in Scotland

Clydesdale horses hang up their reins

HOLD FOR HERALD SUN- End of an Era as Carlton Draught Clydesdales
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It’s the end of an era as CUB’s famous Clydesdale horses hang up their reins. The much-loved retiring ambassadors gave Australians 65 years of joy

Hungry snake swallows slipper

Python swallows slipper being operated on at HerpVet
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A hungry coast carpet python has stunned vets after swallowing a man’s slipper and ending up in surgery. See the amazing X-rays

Is mystery creature the Loch Ness monster?

A mysterious 'Loch Ness Monster' like creature has washed up on Wolf Island in Georgia, USA. Picture: Twitter
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The discovery of a mystery creature on a US beach has raised speculation on whether it could be the Loch Ness monster

Sue reels in monster fish on holiday

‘It was the size of a settee’ ... Picture: Brendon Shinnick/Reel Force ChartersSource:Supplied
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Tourist Sue Elcock reels in monster fish — which is longer than her own body — while in Australia on holiday

Our 20 most endangered mammals

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Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world with 20 animals in real danger of dying out. But you can help save them. Find out how.

Giant egg has another egg inside

Giant egg laid at Stockman's Eggs in Far North Queensland. The smaller egg was found inside the large one.
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Queensland farmers crack open giant egg to find another normal-sized egg inside

Giant funnel web spider now a lifesaver

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Meet Colossus — the giant and deadly funnel web spider handed in to an animal sanctuary. He will now help make anti-venom to save human lives

King Penguins at risk of dying out

Sydney's first colony of king penguins come to SeaLife Aquarium
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King Penguin populations are at risk of dying out by the end of this century due to climate change. VIDEO

Cute orphans become best mates

Minton Farm
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Orphaned piglet Maggie May and Daisy the duckling, who was also abandoned, have become best mates after both being rescued

Tiger snake stuck in beer can

Stewy the Snake Catcher freed a tiger snake from a beer can. Supplied image
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Watch the moment a snake catcher rescues a curious tiger snake that got its head stuck in a beer can. VIDEO

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo turns 50

Actor Gary Pankhurst with kangaroo in scene from TV programme |Skippy|.
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It's 50 years since Skippy the Bush Kangaroo hit our screens, winning the hearts of generations of children with her heroics and becoming a global TV success story.

Divers are wild about protecting sharks

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Study finds the more people interact with sharks in water the more they want to save them. VIDEO

Desert dinosaur solves puzzle

A reconstruction of the titanosaurian dinosaur Mansourasaurus shahinae on a coastline in what is now the Western Desert of Egypt, approximately 80 million years ago.Source:AFP
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A long-necked dinosaur unearthed in the Sahara desert has provided the first evidence of contact between African and European dinosaurs shortly before the creatures became extinct

Milking platypus for its venom

Platypus Reptile Park
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The Australian Reptile Park is the only zoo in Australia milking the venom from platypuses in the hope it will produce lifesaving medicines

Google view of Christmas Island crabs

Crab Migration
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Parks Australia has teamed up with internet giant Google to show off one of the country’s most incredible natural phenomena. VIDEO

19 million-year-old Aussie lion found

Reconstruction of newly discovered Australian marsupial lion Wakaleo schouteni, challenging the thylacinid Nimbacinus dicksoni over a kangaroo carcass in the late Oligocene forest at Riversleigh (illustration by Peter Schouten).
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An Australian species of marsupial lion, extinct for at least 19 million years, has been discovered by researchers in remote northwestern Queensland

Endangered baby quolls

New baby quolls
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These two baby quolls have a big role to play as ambassadors for their species at the Territory Wildlife Park in the Northern Territory

Mini pony has a big impact

Andre in the stables at Rose Hill Racecourse where he was helping out his racehorse friend.Source:Supplied
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Miniature shetland pony Andre doesn’t look like horses you expect to see hanging around at racing tracks. VIDEO