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MELBOURNE. 16/05/2022..  A different take on walking the pets to school. Every morning Edithvale kids Finn walking Ryan Gosling the Goose and sister Mia walking the family dog Sadie to school .   Contact id father Chris 0412984698  . Photo by Michael Klein

Waddle they think at school?

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A Victorian family’s pet goose shows birds of a feather don’t always flock together, preferring the company of his humans and canine best friend

9 year old Leo Saw wants to help animals so he hopes he can raise some money by chopping off his much loved mullet. He has two dogs and wants all doggos to be safe and in warm homes so he started this fundraiser for the Lost Dogs Home. Leo prepares to chop his locks with his dog Elly.                      Picture: David Caird

Leo’s a cut above in the charity stakes

humanities

Animal mad Melbourne boy Leo Saw is planning to cut off his prized mullet to raise money for the Lost Dogs’ Home

Life reconstruction of Maip macrothorax. Image credit: Agustín Ozán.

Monstrous megaraptor unearthed in Argentina

animals

Boasting terrifying talons, one mighty big belly and a bulky body the length of a three-storey building, this Cretaceous era Argentinian dinosaur was once the apex predator of the Andes

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Injured flying fox spreads her wings again

Injured flying fox Werribee Open Range Zoo
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A broken wing is really bad news for a flying fox. But this girl is back gliding through the night thanks to life-saving surgery by vets from Werribee Open Range Zoo

Irwin family blazes digital art trail

The Irwins - Wildlife Warriors Picture: Australia Zoo
technology

No wilderness frontier is a match for the intrepid Irwin family and the new crypto universe is no exception, with the Australia Zoo wildlife conservationists launching a new digital art project

Super koala Jagger to the rescue

Two-year-old Jagger has been bred as part of the Living Koala Genome Bank pilot project. Picture: University of Queensland
animals

Scientists are breeding super koalas with healthy genes in a conservation project to boost endangered populations along Australia’s east coast

Crocs no match in trapdoor plant quest

STALKING: Keeping an eye on us while we were fishing in the Ord River W.A.
environment

Australian researches had to trek for three days in a crocodile-infested WA river to find a rare carnivorous plant that captures its prey with a trapdoor

Mercy the penguin’s second chance at life

Mercy is a little penguin rescued from Bruny Island who was brought into the Bonorong Wildlife Hospital to be treated. Picture: Bonorong Wildlife Hospital
animals

Little penguin Mercy wasn’t in a good way before he was nursed back to health by Tasmanian wildlife keepers. WATCH THE VIDEO of his recovery and heartwarming release back into the wild

Spinosaurus’ underwater life was in its bones

Undated : Artwork of 'Spinosaurus' : PicInternet - dinosaurs illustrations dinosaur extinct prehistoric animals
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Scientists have scratched their heads over Spinosaurus since the Cretaceous carnivore was first discovered – now a study has shed new light on how the giant dinosaurs hunted prey underwater

Bath time for rescued Tassie devil

A Tasmanian devil gets a bath after becoming covered in oil. Pic:
 Michael Eastwell.
animals

A Tasmanian devil has been given a five-star spa treatment after being rescued from an oily pit in a mechanic’s workshop. WATCH THE VIDEO

Top dog Elmo is in full flight

Facility dog Elmo on his first day of work getting a pat from Coby, 11, and Mason, 9, from Melbourne (0406 006 001), on March 28th, 2022, at Adelaide Airport.
Picture: Tom Huntley
animals

A busy airport can be stressful, but Elmo the labrador is making the experience a whole lot easier for nervous flyers and travellers with special needs

How to have a native animal Easter

360Commercial: Coles - Towards a Better Future. Aussie Ark has teamed up with Coles with a free e-book. Coles is matching each free download with $1 to support koala conservation and recovery.  Aussie Ark president Tim Faulkner is pictured with Coles' Sam McLeod. and a furry friend. Picture: supplied.
animals

Australia’s beloved koala is now officially an endangered species – but families can help conservation efforts simply by downloading a free children’s book over Easter

Taxis jump queue to get queen bees to hives

New service to help Queen Bees survive travel -   pictured is Chico Hazik, Silver Top with beekeeper Craig Scott in Echuca - Supplied
animals

An exclusive new chauffeur service delivers VIP levels of comfort and security to a very small but vital customer base – queen bees in need of a ride as they relocate with their hives

Ibis ‘bin chicken’ to the big time?

Brisbane Ibis
sport

Worshipped by Ancient Egyptians, the ibis has been down on its luck since arriving in Australia – but all that might change after calls to make the nation’s ‘bin chicken’ an Olympic Games mascot

Baby squirrel monkeys for Taronga

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Taronga Zoo welcome the birth of six baby Squirrel Monkeys bringing their collection of the primate species to 24. Picture: Toby Zerna
animals

Monkey mania has landed at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo with the birth of six highly sociable little squirrel monkeys, taking the total number of these critically endangered residents to 24

Flying dino had two tummies

illustration of a pterosaur. Source: Shutterstock
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New pterosaur fossils from the Late Jurassic period suggest these flying predators had two stomachs, great for digesting unlucky prey they gobbled in one gulp

How vampire bats got a blood diet

Pic of the common vampire bat shows the detail of the face and nose-leaf. The bat's heat detecting system is located on the nose-leaf. Also evident are the tips of the upper incisors, the teeth used to make the feeding wound - the bat secretes the enzyme desmoteplase to stop the blood clotting.   animals bats medical
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Scientists have figured out why vampire bats are the only mammals that live on blood alone, with a low-fat, low-carb diet keeping these ‘living Draculas’ flying high in the night sky

French fungus to the rescue of little penguins

Little penguin close up at Port Campbell National Park. Picture: Darren Donlen
animals

The CSIRO hopes a French fungus will be the answer to controlling a weed that is threatening the nesting sites of Victoria’s little penguins

Insect wings inspire food safety solution

Debbie Polley - A colourful Dragonfly at Wook-Koo Park Lagoon (at Oakhurst near Maryborough). I think Dragonflies are beautiful.
science

Dragonfly and cicada wings act as deadly armour against bacterial attack, giving scientists an unexpected blueprint for better protecting our food

Octopus fossil found with extra arms

Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris). Wildlife animal.
animals

A well-preserved, 10-armed fossil puts octopuses on Earth ahead of dinosaurs, more than 80 million years earlier than previously thought

World’s best Triceratops moves in

Friends and dinosaur enthusiasts Anika Ford, 9  
and Max Preuss, 9. Triceratops reveal at Melbourne Museum. The 67 million year old fossil is the most complete dinosaur skeleton ever found. Picture: Jason Edwards
animals

Dubbed the Mona Lisa of fossils, Horridus is the most complete and finely preserved Triceratops in the world. And it’s right here in Australia

Scientists decode what pigs are saying

Maverick Clark on the family farm, "Splitters Farm" in Bundaberg which has welcomed a bunch of babies over summer including ducklings and a plucky piglet called "Chunky". Pics Adam Head
animals

Not just a pretty face, the pig is a smart, chatty animal with an emotional range communicated via vastly different grunts

Following a funnel-web’s footsteps

The Australian Reptile Park is issuing a warning to the public as recent wet weather conditions followed by hot days this Spring will create perfect conditions for funnel-web spiders to thrive. This means male funnel-webs will be leaving their burrows in search of a mate, sometimes ending up in houses or residential gardens.
animals

The secret life of male Sydney funnel-web spiders is being captured at night thanks to minuscule headgear the size of a grain of rice

Seals in hi-tech helmets help Antarctic study

Eight Weddell seals have been fitted with helmet devices to help Japanese researchers survey Antarctica. Picture: Nobuo Kokubun, National Institute of Polar Research
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Japanese researchers have fitted eight Weddell seals with hi-tech monitors to help survey the waters under the thick ice sheet of Antarctica

Tech exists to resurrect Tassie tiger

Professor Andrew Pask is launching a project to bring the Tassie Tiger back to life. Involves the surrogate uterus of another animal. Professor Pask holds a skull of a Tasmanian tiger and a test tube containing DNA.                      Picture: David Caird
animals

A bold plan to bring back the Tasmanian tiger in just 10 years is fuelling the scientific race to restore the lost species to life

T-rex may be three different species

An artist's impression of a tyrannosaurus imperator attacking a triceratops herd. Researchers believe the Tyrannosaurus rex might actually have been three species of dinosaur rather than one after finding differences in Tyrannosaurus leg bones and dental structures across specimens. They suggest that the larger specimens should be attributed to a new species called Tyrannosaurus imperator (tyrant lizard emperor) and the smaller, more slender specimens should be attributed to a species called Tyrannosaurus regina (tyrant lizard queen). MUST CREDIT: Gregory S Paul, 2022.
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Tyrannosaurus rex might have to make room on the dino royal throne, with experts believing there could be two more distinct species of T-rex dubbed the emperor and the queen

School’s out as Qld floods cause havoc

Bradman Avenue remains closed as residents prepare for more rain and heavy flooding to hit the Sunshine Coast. Making the most of it are Blake and Jack Emerson-Currell. Picture: Patrick Woods.
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A deadly eastern brown snake became an unlikely saviour to mice and frogs during severe flooding, as Queensland closed nearly 1000 schools and the storms headed south to northern NSW

Red panda cubs born at Taronga

Taronga Zoo announces the birth of two Red Panda Cubs and brand-new Cub Cam. Supplied
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Cuteness levels have doubled at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo with the safe arrival of a pair of red panda cubs, whose early antics are being captured and shared via CCTV

Baby ghost shark looks like an alien

New Zealand researchers found this rare baby ghost shark during a survey off the country's South Island.
animals

It looks like an alien from outer space and it’s almost as rare! This weird creature is a baby ghost shark, found by scientists off the coast of New Zealand

See ya later alligator!

Alligator relocated after epic downpour at the Australian Reptile Park
animals

Keepers had to recapture a large alligator that tried to make his escape from a NSW wildlife park during flooding rain. WATCH THE VIDEO

Flying reptile fossil has scientists ‘gobsmacked’

Artist's impression of the pterosaur on Skye, by Natalia Jagielska.
animals

The discovery of a Scottish pterosaur shows the flying reptile grew larger much earlier than previously thought – and long before the Cretaceous period when they had to compete with birds

New dino study is nothing to sneeze at

Researchers believe dinosaurs caught colds just like humans. They investigated unusual bony protrusions on a young diplodocid fossil's neck. They believe these bony abnormalities probably grew in response to an infection in its respiratory system. The researchers say this is the first evidence of a respiratory infection in a dinosaur, and it is possible the young diplodocid experienced flu or pneumonia-like symptoms such as weight loss, coughing, fever and breathing difficulties or even died as a result of this illness.
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An international team of researchers believes dinosaurs caught colds and other respiratory illnesses, just like humans

Ever wanted to peek inside a lion’s mouth?

CATERS NEWS (PICTURED a camrea in the lioness mouth) This is the amazing moment a curious lioness picked up a camera and carried it around in her jaws. Frank De Beer captured the stunning video in the Balule Nature Reserve, South Africa, on February 7, 2022. Frank left a GoPro camera lying on a dirt path and a female lion got closer to inspect the object. Incredibly, the lion picked up the camera and carried it around in her jaws. SEE CATERS COPY
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A lioness has given wildlife fans an amazing close-up after chomping on a GoPro camera. WATCH THE VIDEO

Young dinosaur was crocodile’s last meal

KIDS NEWS: Artist's reconstruction of Confractosuchus devouring a juvenile ornithopod. Picture: Julius Csotonyi/supplied/Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum
animals

The mortal struggles of Cretaceous Queensland have been vividly brought to life with the discovery of an ancient crocodile that ate a young dinosaur as its own last meal

Cloned Tassie tiger gets closer

Mounted thylacine specimen, thylacinus cynocephalus (Harris 1808) from Tasmania Australia positioned in front of The Earth of Sydney, mixed media sculpture, Alan Sonfist (Sydney, 1981)
animals

The Tasmanian tiger’s path back from extinction is one step closer after the successful genome mapping of its closest living relation

Koalas to be listed as endangered

ESCAPE. FEB 2022. WILDLIFE HOTLIST. Koala sitting in a gum tree at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. Picture: Destination NSW
animals

Bushfires, drought, disease and habitat loss have taken a toll on koala populations along Australia’s east coast, prompting their conservation status to be lifted to “endangered”

Parrot films high-flying getaway with stolen GoPro

A feathered thief has captured some spectacular aerial footage after swiping a family’s GoPro camera on a hiking holiday in New Zealand.
animals

A feathered thief has captured some spectacular aerial footage after swiping a family’s GoPro camera on a hiking holiday in New Zealand. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO

Robert Irwin’s close call with cranky croc

14/12/2002. Steve Irwin with white crocodile called Casper at Australia Zoo.
animals

An aggressive crocodile named Casper had Robert Irwin running for safety at Australia Zoo in one of the “most intense” croc feeds he’s ever attempted. WATCH THE VIDEO

Check in at Bluey’s? Whackadoo!

EMBARGO FEB 8 2022: The iconic Heeler Family home from Australia’s very own mega-hit and award-winning kid's show, Bluey,  is being listed on Airbnb in Brisbane, Queensland. Picture:  Hannah Puechmarin
arts

Life has imitated art – with a bark – with the Heeler house from hit TV show Bluey being recreated as a weekend getaway ‘for real life’

Giant ‘sea dragon’ fossil found in UK

Palaeontologists working on the Ichthyosaur skeleton found at Rutland Water August 26 2021 Matthew Power Photography www.matthewpowerphotography.co.uk 07969 088655 matthew@matthewpowerphotography.co.uk @mpowerphoto
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Britain’s largest and most intact ancient ichthyosaur fossil has been found in England – and it’s estimated to be 180 million years old

Fake poop has owls feeling right at home

Funny Burrowing owl Athene cunicularia tilts its head outside its burrow on Marco Island, Florida
animals

Scientists have come up with some clever ways to make burrowing owls feel at ease in their new homes after being driven out of their habitat by property development

Face mask litter a major problem

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 13, 2020, Gary Stokes, founder of the environmental group Oceans Asia, poses with discarded face masks he found on a beach in the residential area of Discovery Bay on the outlying Lantau island in Hong Kong. - The surge in mask wearing during the coronavirus pandemic has thrown up a potent new threat to wildlife due to people thoughtlessly discarding the protective gear in massive quantities, environmentalists warn. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)
environment

Nearly two years since the pandemic began, the world is awash in discarded single-use face masks and this chief Covid protection poses a threat to wildlife and the environment

Bird sounds set for ARIA success

The golden bowerbird  in the Wet Tropics may be under threat as the climate changes. Peter Valentine photo
animals

Endangered Australian birds could knock pop songbirds from their perch, with an album of birdsong in the running to debut in the ARIA Top 10

Pooch patrol solution to seagull woes

Peppa the seagull patrol dog at the Sydney Opera House from Mad Dogs and Englishmen patrolling the Opera Bar with Handler Lauren Swan. Picture Rohan Kelly
animals

Man’s best friend has a new role: banisher of seagulls and protector of chips. Meet the dogs recruited to shoo marauding seagulls away from diners at the Sydney Opera House

Great Barrier Reef’s coral baby boom

Professor Peter Harrison inspecting coral IVF colonies at Heron Island lagoon, December 2020
environment

Corals born during an innovative IVF project have reached maturity in time for a reproductive rush at the Great Barrier Reef’s annual mass spawning event

Seaweed for cows lowers climate cost

A cow at grazing wearing a methane measuring equipment
animals

Seaweed shows promise as an additive to cut the methane produced by dairy cows, a major source of greenhouse gas

Pygmy hippo birth, hip hip hooray!

KIDS NEWS Taronga Zoo welcomes a pygmy hippo. Picture: supplied
animals

With fewer than 3000 pygmy hippos estimated to be left in the wild, the birth of a waddling little calf at Taronga Zoo is certainly cause for big whoops of welcome

Dino’s slashing tail weapon sets it apart

illostration of Stegouros dinosaur discovered in the Patagonia region of South America.
animals

Palaeontologists have unearthed fossils from a dinosaur with a unique tail they have likened to a weapon used by ancient Aztec warriors

Robotic bird feet designed for drones

This undated handout image courtesy of William Roderick/Stanford University shows the grasping robot that Stanford engineers developed based on studies of birds. - Inspired by how birds land and perch on branches, a team of engineers at Stanford University has built robotic graspers that can fit on quadcopter drones, enabling them to catch objects and hold on to a variety of surfaces. (Photo by William RODERICK / Stanford University / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / William RODERICK /Stanford University " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Engineers have built robotic graspers that can be fitted to drones to help them catch objects and perch on tree branches just like birds

Wild horses to be reined in

Brumbies in the Kosciuszko National Park in Kiandra, NSW. Picture by Sean Davey.
animals

Brumby numbers will be slashed in Kosciuszko National Park in NSW under a plan to reduce environmental harms caused by wild horses

Cheetah Kulinda is just wild for zoo life

Cheetah lure at Werribee Open Range Zoo.
animals

Life is never boring for cheetah Kulinda thanks to special enrichment programs designed to keep animals healthy and happy at our zoos

Hybrid coral could withstand heat

Flynn Reef, Point Break. Acropora releasing. Great Barrier Reef. Pic Gareth Phillips, Reef Teach.
environment

Coral that survived multiple mass bleaching events added to Great Barrier Reef’s mass spawning mix so heat-resilient hybrid could be born

Great white an underwater warhorse

ONE TIME WEB USE ONLY - FEES APPLY - CONTACT info@seadragonfilms.com.au FOR ANY OTHER USE***, Underwater cinematographer Dean Spraakman captured footage of a battered looking shark off the coast of the Neptune Islands in South Australia. Picture: Sea Dragon Films
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Stunning images of a heavily scarred great white shark suggest a battlefield lies beneath the surface of the ocean

Assassin spiders dodge death

Kangaroo Island fire. The view back towards Kingscote along the Playford Hwy. Picture: Brad Fleet
animals

Kangaroo Island assassin spiders have been found alive almost two years after bushfires were feared to have wiped them out

Eagle recovering after dramatic surgery

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Pictured is Dr Stephen Fearnside (centre) at SASH Animal Hospital at North Ryde in Sydney operating on an injured Wedge Tailed Eagle named Tuross. The Eagle was handed in to Wildlife Rescue South Coast after a property owner found the bird floundering on her property.
The diagnosis is a broken leg which the surgeons will fix with a rod and a plate. Tuross will then undertake rehabilitation until being released into the wild again.
Picture: Richard Dobson
animals

A wedge-tailed eagle is on the mend after surgeons successfully operated on his broken leg – but not before he managed to give rescuers a real run for their money

Tiny puggle recovers at Taronga

Taronga Zoo keeper Liz McConnell is hand raising Weja the 75-day-old echidna puggle that was found orphaned in the far western NSW town of Weja. Liz and her team will raise the puggle to be released back into the wild when it gets to around 10 months old. Picture: Toby Zerna
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A perfect little puggle abandoned on a NSW property is loving life with its ‘surrogate mum’ at Taronga Wildlife Hospital

Antarctic penguin swims to New Zealand

KIDS NEWS  Pingu the intrepid Adelie penguin showed up south of Christchurch, about 3000km from his Antarctic home. Picture: Allanah Purdie, NZ Department of Conservation
animals

After his epic adventure from Antarctica to New Zealand’s South Island, Pingu the penguin is released for the return leg

Tiny frog species found in NSW

A new frog species has been discovered in Wollumbin National Park in northern New South Wales,The new species has been named Assa wollumbin sp.nov.
animals

A new species of ‘hip pocket’ frog discovered in NSW has been granted immediate habitat protection – its rare features including males that carry tadpoles in pouches

Monster appetite of whales boosts ocean health

In this undated handout picture realeased on November 3, 2021 by Standford University humpback whale feeds on sand lance in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. - The Earth's largest whales may eat up to three times more than previously thought with crucial benefits for the ecosystems they inhabit, a study said on November 3, 2021. The largest creatures ever to live on Earth, baleen whales including blue whales, humpback whales and other species use filter feeding to consume krill and small fish. (Photo by Elliott Hazen / Standford University / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /  STANDFORD UNIVERSITY / Elliott Hazen" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Baleen whales are gigantic climate change crusaders, thanks to their huge hunger for krill – now they just need their own natural environment restored

Farewell to penguin protector Tula

COUNTRY LIVING: Maremma at Warrnambool
The Maremma dogs who guard the penguins at Warrnambool. Handler Phil Root is in charge of the dogs, while Peter Abbott is the manager of tourism services, running tours to the island and overseeing the Oddball Club (which is the name of the movie Oddball, which details the story of the Maremmas and penguins, due for release this year).
Pictured: Tula the Maremma DOGS CALENDAR 2016.
PICTURE: ZOE PHILLIPS
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One of the first maremma sheepdogs specially trained to watch over the penguins of Middle Island – just like in the movie Oddball – has died at the age of 13

Lion cubs make their zoo debut

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Taronga Zoo's 5 lion cubs head out onto display for the first time to the public since being born in August with mum Maya keeping a close eye on her pride. Picture: Toby Zerna
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These cute cubs are sure to grab the lion’s share of the attention when they say hello to the world for the first time at Taronga Zoo

Cartoon celebrates a Verry Elleegant winner

Mark Knight cartoon for Wednesday
sport

Cartoonist Mark Knight reckons Verry Elleegant won the race and the fashion stakes at this year’s Melbourne Cup

Raven attacks delivery drone in Aussie capital

A PIONEERING drone delivery programme in Australia’s capital has been suspended after coming under attack by ravens., Picture: Benjamin Anthony Roberts via Storyful
technology

A battle of nature against the machine saw one riled up raven attempt to rumble a delivery drone in the skies above Canberra

Earliest evidence dinos lived in herds

The breeding ground of a herd of the Jurassic Period Patagonian plant-eating dinosaur Mussaurus patagonicus is seen in an undated artist's rendition.  Jorge Gonzalez/Handout via REUTERS
animals

An extraordinary fossil site in ­the South American region of Patagonia has provided the earliest evidence of dinosaurs living in herds

Ivory trade leads to tuskless elephants

Tuskless elephants in the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. Source: ElephantVoices
animals

Humans have sped up evolution in Mozambique where ivory hunters have caused an increase in the proportion of female elephants born without tusks

Top price of $10 million paid for triceratops

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 31, 2021 shows a triceratops exposed ahead of its auction sale at Drouot auction house in October. - "Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, will be auctioned on October 21, 2021 at Hotel Drouot. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
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The preserved skeleton of a 66-million-year-old herbivore has set a new record price for triceratops sales, after a private American collector paid big bucks for ‘Big John’

Case of mistaken dino identity

New vego dino from University of Queensland. For Kids News
animals

A dinosaur thought to be the biggest meat eater of its time has been reclassified as a timid vegetarian after a footprint found in Queensland was re-examined

Fifth grader wins global photo prize

Vidyun R Hebbar, 10, from India, was named the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 by Britain's Natural History Museum. For Kids News
arts

A 10-year-old boy from India has won a prestigious wildlife photography award. See his winning photo and other shots from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 competition

Dino demise was good news for snakes

Sydney Zoo will re-open to the public on Friday 15th October after Greater Sydney was placed into a Covid lockdown for 15 weeks. The Carpet Python is looking forward to crowds coming again. Picture: Toby Zerna
animals

The asteroid that slammed into Earth 66 million years ago was bad news for dinosaurs, but not for snakes that dined out on the mammals and birds that thrived after the removal of dino predators

Dogs learn words as quickly as toddlers

Funny portrait of cute puppy dog border collie holding toy ball in mouth isolated on white background. Purebred pet dog with tennis ball wants to playing with owner. Pet activity and animals concept
animals

Most dogs know words like “sit” and “walkies” but new research shows smart pooches can also learn the names of toys as quickly as a one-year-old child

Animal numbers up in Africa

African elephants walking in the Savannah, Mount Kilimanjaro on the background, southern Kenya, Africa
animals

The first wildlife census in Kenya has found an encouraging rise in the African elephant population after important gains in the ongoing fight against poachers

Drones to patrol beaches and bush

Little Ripper Lifesaver drones  flying simultaneously along the coast of Australia from the Gold Coast, Port Macquarie, Newcastle to Little Manly Point on Sydney Habour to show their versatility. A little Ripper drone flying at Burleigh Heads in front of pilots Joe Urli, Michael Povey, Will Harvey and Nige Austin. Picture Glenn Hampson
technology

A fleet of up to 1000 drones linked to a central command hub will be used to keep swimmers and wildlife safe along the east coast of Australia over summer

Giant marine fossil dubbed ‘the mothership’

KIDS NEWS: giant marine fossil. Titanokorys gainesi reconstruction. Picture: supplied. Illustration by Lars Fields, Royal Ontario Museum.
animals

Canadian Palaeontologists have discovered a 506-million-year-old marine fossil – a giant in its day that stalked prey along the ocean floor

Baby seahorses check in to harbour hotels

More than 140 aquarium-bred baby White’s seahorses were released into the wild at two Sydney Harbour locations on September 9, 2021, as part of a SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium conservation breeding program to restore wild populations.
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Special underwater “hotels” have welcomed more than 140 new guests as part of a project to boost wild populations of White’s seahorses in Sydney Harbour

Bold plan to bring woolly mammoths back to life

An illustration of a family of Woolly Mammoths grazing on what is left of the grasses as winter approaches in this ice age scene.
animals

Scientists have announced an ambitious plan to bring woolly mammoths back from extinction after thousands of years

Coral atlas maps the world’s reefs

international collaboration – including UQ, National Geographic, Arizona State University, Vulcan Philanthropic and satellite company Planet – has now completed digital mapping all of the world’s shallow coral reefs for the first time ever.
environment

The Allen Coral Atlas delivers the first-ever detailed, digital map of global coral for conservationists and ocean lovers the world over

MooLoo to the rescue

This undated handout photo received on September 13, 2021 from the Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology shows researcher Lindsay Matthews posing next to cows at a farm at an undisclosed location in New Zealand. - Matthews said that the idea of toilet training cows so their urine could be captured and treated first occurred to him when a radio host was interviewing him in 2007 and made a throwaway joke on the matter. (Photo by Handout / RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR FARM ANIMAL BIOLOGY / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY ----EDITORS NOTE ----RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR FARM ANIMAL BIOLOGY" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Toddlers appreciate treats while toilet-training – and a new study has found calves like being rewarded for going in the right place too, clearing the path for lowering the climate cost of bovines

Young albatross makes epic journey to Australia

Albatross Black-browed albatross fitted with a tracking device. Photographed off Cape
Town, South Africa, 31 July 2021. The bird was one of 19 fitted with the
tracker in April 2021 at Bird Island, South Georgia, in the Southern
Atlantic Ocean in a project by the Natural Environment Research Council of
the British Antarctic Survey. Another of the 19 birds has been tracked
flying around the coast of Western Australia, the Great Australian Bight,
South Australia and eastern Victoria. *Thalassarchre melanophris. *Picture
copyright Estelle Smalberger (Schoeman) NOT FOR SALE, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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We can’t travel far at the moment, but there were no such restrictions on a young albatross that was tracked on a 36,000km round trip from its sub-Antarctic island home to South Australia

Cheeky duck learns human insult

Rare and protected: The distinctive musk duck is a protected waterbird species in Victoria. Picture: supplied.
animals

Researchers got more than they bargained for when it came to studying old recordings of Ripper the Australian musk duck, who had learned to mimic a human in need of a swear jar

New plan to save Aussie animals

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: A female koala and her young joey are seen moving along the ground following a general health check at the Australian Reptile Park on August 27, 2020 on the Central Coast in Sydney, Australia. Dean Reid, Head Mammal and Bird Keeper oversees the Australian Reptile Park's koala breeding program which currently has a record number of 38 koalas, including 9 joeys. A New South Wales parliamentary inquiry released in June 2020 has found that koalas will become extinct in the state before 2050 without urgent government intervention. Making 42 recommendations, the inquiry found that climate change is compounding the severity and impact of other threats, such as drought and bushfire, which is drastically impacting koala populations by affecting the quality of their food and habitat. The plight of the koala received global attention in the wake of Australia's devastating bushfire season which saw tens of thousands of animals killed around the country. While recent fires compounded the koala's loss of habitat, the future of the species in NSW is also threatened by continued logging, mining, land clearing, and urban development. Along with advising agencies work together to create a standard method for surveying koala populations, the inquiry also recommended setting aside protected habitat, the ruling out of further opening up of old-growth state forest for logging and the establishment of a well-resourced network of wildlife hospitals in key areas of the state staffed by suitably qualified personnel and veterinarians. The NSW Government has committed to a $44.7 million koala strategy, the largest financial commitment to protecting koalas in the state's history. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
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NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean marked Threatened Species Day by announcing a bold plan to end extinction fears for Australia’s best loved fauna and flora

Funny wildlife shots are something to smile about

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 finalists. For Kids News. Must credit individual photographers and the awards.
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Don’t worry, be happy! That’s the message from this little guy, one of the finalists in this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. What’s your favourite shot?

Fur seal is 25 and still going strong

A long nosed fur seal born on Maatsuyker Island has been spotted 25
 years later. Pic: supplied: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
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A long-nosed fur seal that was tagged in Tasmania as a pup has turned up in Victoria after 25 years, much later than he was expected to survive in the wild

Lockdown dives produce winning nature snap

MUST CREDIT SOUTH AUSTRALIA MUSEUM AND PHOTOGRAPHER

OVERALL WINNER - Scott Portelli
Leafy Seadragons hide in the thick kelp to camouflage themselves to avoid predators. The vibrant flamboyant adults blend perfectly with their surroundings. At night the backlighting on a Leafy seadragon accentuates their features and the delicate bodies that appear translucent.
Judges comments: A unique and striking image. The backlighting has transformed the seadragon from a tiny sea creature into the illusion of a mythical beast. Beautifully framed, the dragon emerges from the darkness, glowing with a sense of fire within.
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The 2021 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Scott Portelli formed a bond with this leafy seadragon after being stuck in South Australia during lockdown. Check out some of the competition’s top nature snaps

Mini-horse breeds happiness

Shane Hendricks takes his miniature horse Jimmy for a run along Prince Charles Parade at Kurnell while he skate boards along side. The pair have delighted locals for around 10 years with their unusual outings. Picture: Toby Zerna
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Meet Jimmy, the handsome black miniature stallion who is winning hearts and spreading smiles with a skateboarder in tow

Four-legged whale fossil found in Egypt

Paleontologists discover four-legged whale fossil, name it Phiomicetus anubis after Egypt's god of death
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The 43-million-year-old fossil of a fierce, four-legged whale species has been named after the ancient Egyptian god of death

Whale mums tour coast with calves

Southern  right whales, photographed in Fowlers bay on the Great Australian Bight over the period 21st -23 August 2021. There are 20 mother and calf pairs in the area, the calving season is in full spring. MUST CREDIT: EP Cruises- Fowlers Bay Whale Tours,
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Mother Nature keeps delivering gifts through lockdowns and restrictions, lifting spirits coast to coast with these whale wanderers

Weird creatures that could be state’s official fossil

Finished reconstruction of extinct Australian megafauna, Palorchestes. One of a series of developmental illustrations. For Kids News
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Some states are adopting official fossils to join their traditional animal and flora emblems. See what relics are in the running to become the official fossil of Victoria

Giant panda delivers tiny cub

This handout photograph made available by Wildlife Reserves Singapore on August 15, 2021 shows female giant panda Jia Jia hodling her first panda cub, born on August 14, 2021 at an off-exhibit at River Safari in Singapore. (Photo by Handout / WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT “ AFP PHOTO / Wildlife Reserves Singapore” - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Chinese giant panda Kai Kai has become a mum in Singapore after a seven year effort, giving birth to the country’s first ever cub

The Big Pineapple’s Brisbane Olympics bid

Sunshine Coast local and Olympic Champion Clint Robinson at the Big Pineapple. Picture Lachie Millard
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Some Olympic mascots have completely missed the mark – but the Big Pineapple’s birthday bid to become the Brisbane 2032 mascot is a green and gold Queensland dream

The power of puppy love

HOLD FOR HERALD SUN, Speak to Manny before using Pebbles the cavoodle and Onni the parrot are great friends and hang out together.

Picture : Nicki Connolly
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Aussies have been feeling the love from the nation’s pets throughout the pandemic, a new study shows

Apes mind their manners with each other

EMBARGOED - DO NOT USE WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE DAILY TELEGRAPH PICTURE DESK - HOLDING UNTIL FRIDAY 20TH NOVEMBER-, Taronga Zoo's chimpanzee family recently welcomed the arrival of a female baby chimpanzee to mum Naomi with the name soon to be revealed. Picture: Toby Zerna Born on Wednesday at Taronga Zoo, chimpanzee infant Niambi was named after the Swahili word meaning ‘melody’ to reflect her unique call, which is already making rounds with the other chimps.
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New research has found that apes have a system of good manners that includes polite practices like saying hello and goodbye

Tusk tests reveal mammoth’s life journey

An illustration of an adult male woolly mammoth navigates a mountain pass in Arctic Alaska, 17,100 years ago. The image is produced from an original, life-size painting by paleo artist James Havens, which is housed at the University of Alaska Museum of the North.
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A woolly mammoth’s life and travels 17,000 years ago have been detailed for the first time after a study of one of its well preserved tusks. Welcome to Science Week!

China’s wandering elephants head home

PU'ER, CHINA - AUGUST 07: A herd of wild Asian elephants strolls through a village at Ning'er Hani and Yi Autonomous County on August 7, 2021 in Pu'er, Yunnan Province of China. (Photo by Wang Zhengpeng/VCG via Getty Images)
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After an epic journey followed by millions of fans around the world, China’s weary herd of wandering elephants is homeward bound ahead of World Elephant Day

Biggest Aussie pterosaur was a ‘fearsome beast’

Australia’s largest flying reptile has been uncovered, a pterosaur with an estimated seven-metre wingspan that soared like a dragon above the ancient, vast inland sea once covering much of outback Queensland., , University of Queensland PhD candidate Tim Richards, from the Dinosaur Lab in UQ’s School of Biological Sciences, led a research team that analysed a fossil of the creature’s jaw, discovered on Wanamara Country, near Richmond in North West Queensland. Picture University of Queensland
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Queensland palaeontologists say Australia’s largest flying reptile was a savage pterosaur with a taste – and the jaws – for the catch of the day

Australian turtles in serious peril from plastics

Sea turtles often confuse plastic with their usual foods, causing them to ingest the man-made material. Picture: Paulo Oliveira
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A worrying new study has found that the vast majority of turtles found off the east and west coasts of Australia have swallowed plastics – with juveniles most at risk

This cliffhanger has a happy ending

Shelby the Rescued Rescue dog. Dalmation x heeler dog Shelby who was rescued by The SES Portland Unit  from a cliff face

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Kim  0456 902216 (owner). SES Portland Commander Scott McPherson, who headed up the team who plucked her from the cliff
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Shelby the rescue dog needed saving again when she found herself clinging to a tiny dirt ledge high above rocks and waves

Sydney’s clever cockatoos learn to open bin lids

KIDS NEWS: Canny cockatoos in Sydney star in a new scientific study showing off their sophisticated foraging skills. Picture: Dr Barbara Clump/Max Planck Institute.
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Sulphur-crested cockatoos have emerged as expert foragers, as a new international study tracks them opening bin lids all over Sydney using their tailor-made technique

Solar tags to save koalas from bushfires

WEEKEND NEWSPAPERS SPECIAL. PLEASE CONTACT WEEKEND PIC EDITOR JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING.   WWF is funding koala ear tags powered by a tiny solar panel the size of a 5c coin. When a fire approaches you can find the koalas and take them into care until it is safe to return them to the environment.  Takka the Koala with the solar ear tracker.
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Scientists are testing fitting koalas with mini solar panels that would allow them to be tracked and rescued from the path of bushfires

Aussie python celebrates World Snake Day

KIDS NEWS: Big Ronny the scrub python at Wild Life Sydney Zoo. Picture: supplied.
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Big Ronny the scrub python is in lockdown in Sydney, but the whopper reptile will ‘shake it off’ by shedding his skin just in time for World Snake Day

‘Extinct’ native mouse found living on WA island

Pseudomys fieldi, a native Australian mouse from Shark Bay in Western Australian, is shown to be the same species as the previously extinct Gould’s mouse (Pseudomys gouldii). Source: Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Photographer: Wayne Lawler. For Kids News
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The Gould’s mouse hasn’t been seen on the Australian mainland for more than 160 years but a surprise discovery has revealed it is still living on an island off the coast of Western Australia