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BESTPIX - Goats Roam Welsh Town As Coronavirus Lockdown Empties Its Streets

Wild beasts come out to play as humans stay in

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Wild animals including jaguars, goats and boars have started exploring quiet city streets across the world as humans stay inside during the coronavirus lockdown

Maratus consteallatus. Picture: Joseph Schubert/Museums Victoria

‘Spider-Man’ identifies seven new peacock spiders

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They’re the hit spiders of the internet, with their fancy colouring and cool courtship dancing. And now there are seven new peacock spider species to get to know

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Take a virtual tour around the world

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Visit the Great Wall of China, see the Mona Lisa or watch zoo animals without leaving home. Here are 10 top virtual experiences plus one very special out-of-this-world tour

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Why do grey seals clap like humans?

Wild grey seal. Picture: Ben Burville
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Amazing video captured by a marine biologist after 17 years of waiting shows breeding grey seals clapping at each other underwater to warn off competitors and attract mates

Keeping tigers happy without visitors

Dreamworld Tigers
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A small team of wildlife carers in Queensland is spending the COVID-19 disruption playing and swimming with tigers to keep the animals happy and prevent them from becoming lonely

Scar found on fossil of feisty dinosaur with feathers

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Scientists have unearthed the fossils of a fearsome feathered dinosaur with sharp claws and a telltale scar. It lived 67 million years ago and proves dinosaurs continued to evolve until their end

Baby boom for endangered snapping turtles

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The future of Australia’s critically endangered Bellinger River snapping turtle is a little more secure after 35 baby turtles hatched at Taronga Zoo

Twin polar bear cubs venture out in empty zoo

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Three-and-a-half-month-old twin polar bear cubs have made their public debut at a zoo in the Netherlands, but without the public because of coronavirus restrictions

Fish with fingers shows how human hand evolved

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A slippery predator that lurked in lagoons 380 millions years ago had fins with finger bones that could teach us about the origins of the human hand

Early humans ‘ate no meat, swung in trees’

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The careful scanning of a 3.6 million year old skull belonging to a fossil named ‘Little Foot’ has proven that early humans had small brains, swung between trees like monkeys and ate vegan diets

World’s wonderful wildlife on show

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Photos of a giraffe’s bottom, a monkey deep in thought, a hunting eagle and a kookaburra surveying burned forest have each taken out prizes in the Sony World Photography Awards 2020

Mystery ‘Bonehenge’ woolly mammoth ring

Artist's impression of woolly mammoth
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Archaeologists are uncovering a mysterious collection of mammoth bones arranged by our ancient Palaeolithic ancestors 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age

Curious case of great white sharks passing by

animals

Human holiday-makers love the beautiful seaside town of Port Macquarie but great white sharks refuse to stay there, though scientists know a record number swim right past

Rae is a ‘unicorn puppy’ with a miracle ear

Rae as an older 12 week old puppy. Picture: goldenunicornrae
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A one-eared puppy that looks like a unicorn is capturing hearts around the world. Rae lost one ear at birth but its how the other ear came to look like a unicorn horn that is truly miraculous

World’s smallest dinosaur found embedded in amber

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The world’s smallest dinosaur has been discovered embedded in amber. The 100 million-year-old bird, just 5cm long, had bulging lizard-like eyes and a beak packed with 100 sharp teeth

Komodo dragon mum has three sons, solo

The Komodo dragon
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A female komodo dragon has produced three baby dragons without a male mate through a rare process called parthenogenesis

Has Yoshi the turtle swum home to Australia?

Yoshi the turtle when she was still in the aquarium. Picture: Two Oceans Aquarium
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An endangered turtle has reached WA after a two-year, 37,000km swim, possibly the longest animal journey recorded by a satellite tag, which has scientists wondering if she was born here

Tasmania considers culling wild kookaburras

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Tasmania is considering culling kookaburras in the wild after populations of the iconic national bird have spread and are threatening the future of other native species

Underwater Photographer of the Year

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Five Australian photographers have blitzed the international Underwater Photographer of the Year competition with their incredible pictures of life under the sea

New type of ancient lion found in Australia

An artist impression of marsupial lion now known as Lekaneleo roskellya. Picture: Peter Schouten
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A new type of ancient marsupial lion has been discovered in Queensland after palaeontologists discovered its teeth were like nothing ever seen before

Australia’s biggest dog helping kids read

Australia's biggest dog Baron
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At 130kg and 2m tall, Baron is a very big dog. But he’s also a very big softie, patiently helping kids learn to read and visiting elderly people in his therapy-dog job

Three baboons on the loose in Sydney

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A large male and two smaller female baboons broke free from a truck at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, sparking a baboon hunt through the inner western suburbs

‘Pink Panther’ manta ray spotted off Qld

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Scientists are studying an ultra-rare pink manta ray — maybe the only one in the world — that has been photographed during a dive on the Great Barrier Reef

Aussie spirit front and centre at rock concert

Mark Knight's cartoon about the Fire Fight Concert.
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at the Fire Fight Australia concert which raised $9 million to help bushfire victims and he imagined two new faces in the crowd

Siba the standard poodle named best in show

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Though the crowd cheered for a golden retriever, a fluffy, puffed-up poodle has been named top dog for 2020 at the world-famous Westminster Dog Show

Tyrannosaur found hiding in museum drawer

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A new and very scary species of dinosaur related to T-Rex and known as the Reaper of Death has been identified after pieces of its skull were rediscovered in a museum drawer

Puss fitted with 3D-printed metal paws

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After losing four paws to frostbite, vets have performed surgery to replace this Russian cat’s front and back-leg paws with 3D-printed prosthetics made from titanium

Mammoth funnel-web stuns zoo

Massive funnel-web spider at Australian Reptile Park.
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Look away if you hate spiders, because this story is about a huge funnel-web called Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He’s so big he can produce enough venom to save many human lives

Scientists urge action to save platypus

Baby zoo animals spread. Healesville Sanctuary. Platypus keeper Jessica Thomas with little Ember, named after the local bushfires.
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Platypus populations are on the brink of extinction from drought, land clearing and the way we manage our waterways, according to new research on this unique Australian icon

Bionic jellyfish to explore our oceans

A jellyfish augmented with a microelectronics implant designed by researchers Nicole Xu and John Dabiri is seen in an artist's rendering released January 30, 2020. Rebecca Konte/Caltech/Handout via REUTERS.
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Researchers have created super-fast bionic jellyfish to help explore the world’s oceans and monitor conditions such as temperature, salt levels, acidity and oxygen levels

Pigs are here to help

LiLou the therapy pig stands in front of a departures board at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California
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Therapy dogs have been helping calm people’s nerves for several years. Now pigs are lining up to be loved by people all over the world who need some extra emotional support

Found! Four walking shark species

Walking shark hemiscyllium galei. Picture: Mark ErdmannSource:Supplied
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Scientists have discovered four new species of walking sharks near northern Australia and New Guinea that could have evolved because they got separated from their original population

World’s best wildlife photos of 2019

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One of these incredible photos will be the winning entry in the 2019 Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award. Which would you vote for?

Volunteers rescue stranded baby minke whale

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A baby minke whale beached in South Australia has been saved by volunteers and rangers. Kids News investigates what is known about why whales become stranded on beaches

Farewell good boy, Sergeant Ridgleigh Blue III

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The Australian Army has said goodbye to their much-loved retiring blue heeler mascot, who makes way for two-month-old pup Private Ridgley Blue IV

Getting to know the mysterious blue whale

Researchers from the Goldbogen Lab place a suction-cup tag on a blue whale in Monterey Bay. Picture: Goldbogen Lab/Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab
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Using a bright orange heart rate machine attached with suction cups, scientists have achieved the incredible feat of measuring, in the wild, the heart rate of the world’s biggest animal

Treasure trove of Ancient Egyptian animal mummies

Mummified cats found in Egypt.
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Mummified crocodiles, a mongoose, birds, cats and lion cubs are among an incredible discovery uncovered by archaeologists at Egypt’s “City of the Dead”

Banning dogs makes Aussies barking mad

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why banning dogs in Aussie pubs and bars is a backward step and a chance to draw a bar full of dogs to make his point

Get ready for a jellyfish boom!

A sea nettle jellyfish. Picture: Sea Life
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Jellyfish populations are booming and blooming all over the world. We asked a jellyfish expert to share 10 fascinating facts to know before you head to the beach or aquarium this summer

Posties using whistles to keep dogs away

Posties under attack from dogs
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As posties get busy delivering millions of presents for Christmas, Australia Post is considering giving out hi-tech whistles to help keep staff safe from overly enthusiastic and unsafe dogs

Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn

Narwhal has not yet been put up for adoption
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UPDATE An abandoned puppy with a tail on his head is being called a “magical unicorn”. He will continue to live with the rescue group and he’s not having the tail removed any time soon as being different is okay

Koala Anwen’s lucky-unlucky day

Koala Hospital
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With bandaged paws, singed ears and scorched fur, Anwen is one very lucky koala, receiving good care and on the mend after her home was burned in bushfires

Alive! Creature thought extinct found

A silver-backed chevrotain. Picture: Global
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A tiny, deer-like creature that “seemingly only existed as part of our imagination” has been found in a forest almost 30 years after the last official sighting

‘Missing link’ between apes and humans

Undated : Illustration by artist Paul Newman of 19th Century scientist Charles Darwin's theory of Evolution of Man from the ape.
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The bones of an ape-like species that walked on two legs and lived 12 million years ago have been discovered in Germany and experts think it could be the ‘missing link’ between apes and humans

An Aussie Cup win … I’ll drink to that!

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he added an Aussie tradition to his Melbourne Cup drawing after local horse Vow and Declare finished first past the post

Aussie Vow and Declare wins 2019 Melbourne Cup

2019 Melbourne Cup Day
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The Melbourne Cup is coming home to Australia after local horse Vow and Declare, ridden by jockey Craig Williams, finishes first in a tight contest at Flemington Racecourse

How Archer won the first Melbourne Cup

Racehorse Archer, winner of 1861 and 1862 Melbourne Cup.
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Archer was a big horse with a funny running style and a habit of hanging his tongue out. But in 1861, no horse was better than the NSW import when he took home the very first Melbourne Cup

Love animals? Here’s what a zookeeper does in a day

Danielle Ridgway checking a parrot at the zoo.
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Danielle Ridgway has only been a zookeeper for just over a year but she has already coached a lazy, cheating cheetah to sprint and worked towards saving critically endangered native species

Abuse of ex-racehorses is a crying shame

Mark Knight cartoon on Phar Lap crying
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains his moving cartoon about the cruel abuse of ex-racehorses and why it’s a topic he feels deeply saddened by

Quick steps for world’s fastest ant

Saharan silver ants are very fast
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Scientists have found the fastest ant in the world — the Saharan silver — which takes 47 steps a second to cover about 90cm, the equivalent of a human running 579kmh

Mysterious creature called The Blob unveiled

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A Paris zoo has unveiled a mysterious new organism, nicknamed The Blob, that looks like a fungus, acts like an animal, eats porridge, can move and can heal itself if cut in half

The most amazing wildlife photos of the year

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A gripping action shot that captures “the perfect moment” between a Tibetan fox and a marmot has won its photographer the title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Meet a champion racehorse and his best friend

Redzel Strapper Lauren Smyth
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It’s a lot of work to ready a horse for Australia’s richest race, The Everest. We explore the special bond between two-time winner Redzel and his strapper ahead of his attempt to win again

Mystery of the 7m python skin in the park

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Wildlife officials believe a giant python skin may have been smuggled into Australia after it was found in a Queensland park, while in NSW the search is on for a boa constrictor on the loose 

Protesting extinction is as old as the dinosaurs

Mark Knight cartoon on Extinction Rebellion
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at the Extinction Rebellion protests in Australia and around the world and wonders what the dinosaurs would have thought

Rare orange monkey born at Australian zoo

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One of the world’s rarest and most endangered monkeys has been born in Australia. The baby’s distinctive bright orange hair is making him a standout at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo

Fossilised ‘Iron Dragon’ found in the outback

The ancient flying reptile known as the Iron Dragon, discovered in Qld. Supplied: Travis R. Tischler
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The fossilised bones of a winged reptile — nicknamed the Iron Dragon — which flew above Queensland during the age of dinosaurs has been uncovered in the outback

Colourful dreams of a sleeping octopus

A sleeping octopus changing colour. Picture: PBS
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Filmmakers have recorded the dramatic colour changes of a sleeping octopus, suggesting it is dreaming about preying on a crab, catching it and then settling down to eat it

Rare polka-dot zebra foal spotted

The spotted zebra foal was seen at Maasai Mara Nature Reserve. Picture: Maasai Mara
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There’s a saying that a tiger never changes its stripes but it seems zebras can — a dotted zebra foal has been photographed for the first time at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya

Where have all the Bogong moths gone?

Animals at Gumbuya World
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Critically endangered mountain pygmy-possums need your help to solve the mystery of the missing Bogong moths that have disappeared somewhere between Queensland and Victoria

Hide and seek with giggling rats

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If you see a rat disappearing around a corner one day, try not to freak out — scientists have discovered it may just want to play and could even be laughing at the fun of it all

Shock find: superpowered Amazon eel

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For more than 250 years, we thought there was only one species of electric eel on Earth. Scientists have discovered two more species, one of which can shock its prey with 860 volts

Double cuddle: twin panda cubs born

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Meng Meng placed the pink panda cub gently on her belly and warmed it lovingly with her big paws, warm breath and the soft fur of her cheeks. An hour later, its twin was born

Teaching bees to save lives

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Honeybees are being trained to do jobs too dangerous for humans and too difficult for sniffer dogs, detecting the smell of bombs and chemicals and helping test for life-threatening radioactivity

Innocent victims of the Amazon fires

Mark Knight's cartoon on the Amazon fires
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he used the faces of innocent animals to measure the destruction of the Amazon fires

Baby hope for last northern white rhinos

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Seven eggs from the world’s last two northern white rhinos have been successfully fertilised artificially, giving hope for a future baby rhino that could save the species from extinction

Move to add giraffes to endangered list

Giraffes in Kruger park
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World nations have called for giraffes to be added to the endangered species list as numbers in the wild continue to drop because of loss of habitat, drought and hunting

New, much older stegosaurus species found

1999 : Stegosaurus dinosaur featured in 1999 ABC fantasy TV documentary "Walking With Dinosaurs". Pic BBC.
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Fossil hunters have found a new species of the ferocious-looking, armour-plated stegosaurus, much older than previous finds and in a location that could lead palaeontologists to rewrite history

Mountain lion gets world’s biggest wildlife bridge

Mountain lion P-22, who lives in Griffith Park, LA, US
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A famous Hollywood mountain lion is about to get a $128 million bridge to cross a freeway. And though he’s unlikely to cross it, it could help save his and many other species from extinction

Human-sized extinct penguin found

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A citizen scientist has found fossilised bones from an extinct penguin that was the size of an adult human and swam in the ocean around New Zealand about 60 million years ago

512-year-old shark is oldest living vertebrate

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Scientists believe they have found the world’s oldest living vertebrate, a massive Greenland shark estimated to be up to 512 years old and described as a living time capsule

Meet the minibeasts crawling all over Earth

Springtails such as this one jump to avoid predators. They are the most abundant micro-creatures on Earth, so it must work. Credit: EYE OF SCIENCE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
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Microscopic tardigrades made the news for crash-landing on the Moon. Earth is teeming with other tiny creatures just as fascinating. Here are a few you won’t be able to stop looking at

Herd of Earth’s toughest animals left on Moon

Resembling miniature underwater caterpillars, tardigrades boast teeny claws at the end of their legs, hence their "water bear"  nickname.
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Thousands of cuddly looking animals called tardigrades — sometimes called “moss pigs” or “water bears” — have been left on the Moon by a lunar lander that crashed on impact

Giant parrot nicknamed ‘Squawkzilla’ found

Supplied Editorial Giant parrot story
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Australian palaeontologists have discovered a toddler-sized parrot so tall it could poke an adult in the belly button and at least twice as big as the largest parrot alive today

Counting penguins and trying not to get blown away

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The wind is ferocious and the temperature hovers close to zero, but Andrea Turbett has only warm words to describe her job on the remote, sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island as Australia's southernmost ranger

Meet Tallow, Australia’s cutest koala joey

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A tiny, wide-eyed koala has been named Australia’s cutest koala joey. And now she’s out of her mother’s pouch, her important work as an ambassador for her species’ conservation really begins

First known case of dolphin adopting whale calf

A female bottlenose dolphin with her female calf and adopted male whale calf. Picture: GEMM
animals

In a real-life version of the fairytale “The Ugly Duckling”, scientists have filmed a three-year relationship between a bottlenose dolphin mum and its adopted orphan whale calf

Humpback whale spits out very lucky sea lion

The sea lion got caught out as it competed with the whale for food. Picture: Magnus News Agency/ Chase Dekker
animals

Humpback whales hunt with their mouths wide open and this one accidentally got a mouthful of sea lion. Fortunately for both animals, the whale noticed and set the sea lion free

World-record 19 dalmatian pups born in Australia

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It’s not quite 101 dalmatians like in the Disney movie, but a litter of 19 spotty pups born in Australia has set a new world record for the breed

Great photos of animals interrupting humans’ sports

Sri Lanka's Jehan Mubarak and India's Rohit Sharma watch as a monkey runs past them during the third day of their first test cricket match in Galle, Sri Lanka, August 2015. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
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There are 7.7 billion humans on Earth but many, many more animals of other species, so it's no wonder animals sometimes interrupt humans’ sports matches. And that can make for a great photo

Fighting extinction with world’s longest cat fence

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Thirty endangered rufous hare-wallabies have been released in Australia’s Central Desert into a sanctuary created as part of a project building the world’s longest cat-proof fence

Incredible fluther of human-size jellyfish

Barrel jellyfish are the largest species of jellyfish found in British waters, with a diameter of up to 90cm and weights of up to 35 kilos
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Big, beautiful barrel jellyfish in their hundreds are lurking off the UK coast and washing up on beaches. Marine experts say they have seen more in a week than in the past 15 years

Hurt manta ray begs Aussie snorkeller for help

Freckles kept returning to Jake. “She had to unroll her lobe to show me where the hooks were embedded,” he said. Picture: Facebook
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In an amazing moment between man and beast, an injured manta ray has recognised an Aussie snorkeller and begged him for help to remove three fishing hooks from beneath her eye

Lions battle to become king of the pride

The lions were photographed in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Picture: Stephen Underwood
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With teeth gnashing and muscles rippling, two big Maasai lions wrestle in a dramatic fight for supremacy captured in a sequence of incredible images in Africa

Giant squid attacks fake jellyfish near midnight zone

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A terrifying looking creature with one massive eye, three hearts, blue blood and moving by jet propulsion has been filmed lurking deep underwater in complete darkness

Massive Australian spider eats a whole possum

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If you hate spiders, don’t click on this. But if you’re fascinated by Australia’s enormous creepy crawly carnivorous predators, then this is definitely a Kids News story for you

Humans can’t resist those sad, puppy dog eyes

Teckel puppy dog portrait
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New research shows dogs have special muscles above their eyes that have developed over thousands of years of humans domesticating dogs. Wolves can’t make the same sad-eye face

World’s knitters send jumpers for Aussie lambs

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In an incredible, global expression of compassion for Australian farmers and their sheep battling drought, knitters have knitted thousands of tiny, colourful woolly jumpers for lambs

Hairy, scary, frozen Ice Age wolf head found

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The head of a giant wolf that would have roamed the land alongside woolly mammoths has been found in Siberia, complete with perfectly preserved brain, shaggy hair and fierce teeth

City bans big pig from walking streets

Grunt the Pig
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Grunt is a local star but that hasn’t stopped the council from banning the pig from walking on a lead like a dog would around the streets where he lives

The mystery of the ‘monster’s’ invisible teeth

The deep-sea creature's teeth are transparent underwater. Picture: AP
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Scientists have solved the mystery of the invisible teeth of the monstrous, ferocious, glow-in-the-dark dragonfish that lives in the dark in the deepest parts of the ocean

Entire herd of dinosaurs found in Australia

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Scientists have been stunned after an entire herd of 100-million-year-old dinosaurs was discovered in Lightning Ridge in outback Australia

Where is Migaloo, the famous white whale?

animals

As whale watching season begins in Australia, everyone is on the lookout for a very special white humpback whale who has been cruising the east coast every year for up to 30 years

Incredible nature photos are a call to action

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It’s a photography contest that aims to inspire the viewer to protect life on Earth and the winning entries are nothing short of breathtaking

Australian-first dolphin happiness study

Jet the dolphin (rear) with his mother at Pet Porpoise Pool in Coffs Harbour, NSW.
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Bucky, Calamity, Bella, Zippy and Jet the dolphins are the subjects of an Australian-first study to discover if they are happier in their pool or in a sea pen

Baby giraffe’s special new shoes

The baby stands next to mom, Olivia, in the giraffe barn after the team outfitted him with new therapeutic shoes and casts.Picture: Woodland
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Hasani was born with wonky back legs, so everyone at his zoo worked together to make a pair of strong shoes to help the giraffe walk until he’s as good as new

New laws to protect animals’ feelings

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The ACT could become the first state or territory of Australia to recognise in law that animals have feelings and that humans should care for their physical and mental wellbeing

Zoo poo test puts glitter in kitty litter

Two lions, part of the pride at Werribee Open Range Zoo, Victoria. Picture: Zoos Victoria
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Big cat keepers are feeding lions glitter. But it’s not because anyone is having a party. It’s a safe and stress-free way to check a lion’s poo and their health

Mysterious ‘Yeti’ footprints found in Himalayas

Polor bear and abominable snowman - How to make a monster - the art and technology of animatronics at Scienceworks.
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Soldiers on an expedition in Nepal have found and photographed large footprints in the snow they believed to belong to the Yeti, or abominable snowman

Antarctica’s emperor penguins go missing

Emperor Penguins in Antarctica
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Scientists thought Antarctica’s Halley Bay would be a refuge from global warming for emperor penguins, but many breeding pairs are already missing