Category Archives: Animals

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Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend

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Recently, my wife and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives — the euthanasia of our beloved dog Murphy. I remember making eye contact with Murphy moments before she took her last breath — she … Continue reading

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Life getting you down? There are always dogs !

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Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, Filling an emptiness we don’t even know we have. They have a particular kindness, gentleness and intuition when it comes to understanding their human friends. More . . .

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Sailing cat acts as deaf owner’s ‘ears at sea’

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Auckland sailor Paul Thompson can’t always hear everything around him while at sea. That’s where his cat comes in. A six-month-old ginger Maine Coon, Strauss von Skattebol of Rebelpawz – or Skatty for short – plays an important role when … Continue reading

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Cow activates EPIRB triggering response involving Canberra, NT authorities

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A cow has managed to activate an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB), setting in motion a response by Canberra authorities and Northern Territory Police. About 6:00pm on Saturday, monitors in Canberra detected an EPIRB signal emanating from an area north … Continue reading

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Forget Sydney and San Francisco, Christmas Island crab bridge helps migrating critters beat the traffic

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Christmas Island rangers have taken road safety to a whole new level with the construction of a “crab bridge” over the island’s busiest road. In preparation for the annual spawning season, rangers have been setting up barriers along the roadside … Continue reading

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Something’s lurking at Chernobyl

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In the eerie emptiness of Chernobyl’s abandoned towns, wildlife is flourishing. The sound was like nothing Tom Hinton had ever heard before: a chorus of baleful wolf howls, long and loud and coming from seemingly every direction in the darkness. … Continue reading

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Wool world record: 42kg fleece shorn off overgrown sheep in Canberra.

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Wool shorn off an overgrown sheep found near Canberra yesterday has set a world record for the heaviest fleece removed in one shearing, the RSPCA says. The sheep, found yesterday, underwent a risky shearing operation to remove 42.3 kilograms of … Continue reading

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Wildest things in the World (a musical tribute to Steve Irwin)

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A WEBBY award-winning artist has paid tribute to the late Steve Irwin by way of a clever musical remix. Electronic musician John Boswell’s three-minute-and-15-second video of the Crocodile Hunter, titled Wildest Things in the World, has gone viral.  Watch the … Continue reading

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Pig steals beer, gets drunk and starts fight with a cow

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[Kiwozi:  This is NOT the suburban Aussie Housewife talking about her hubby ok ! ] A BOOZE-PILFERING drunken feral pig has caused chaos by running amok at an Australian campsite and starting a fight with a cow. The belligerent porker went on … Continue reading

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Man allegedly punches police dog, gets bitten on penis !

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[ Kiwozi:  Ouch !!   As an “Animal Lover” I just had to share this story.  I also subscribe to the philosophy an “eye for an eye” . . .or is that a “Penis for a Nose” ?  ] A MAN who … Continue reading

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Arthritic dog made famous by photo passes away

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[ Kiwozi:  I like a good tear-jerker story sometimes and I’m a pet lover too so this one just had to get some space; ] Schoep and his owner, John Unger, became famous thanks to a photo that touched hearts … Continue reading

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Wanted: Tiger handler for big, cuddly cats at Australia Zoo

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WANTED: a big cat lover, physically fit, with a view to a long-term commitment. Err, please note, you need to love big cats as well as being a big lover of cats to be pawfect for the job. Australia Zoo … Continue reading

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Sorry we ate your camel, here’s a better looking one.

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THERE was, finally, some good news for French President Francois Hollande this week. Mali’s government gave him a new camel to replace one presented to him in February, which was eaten by the family in Timbuktu he had left it … Continue reading

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Migaloo

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On 28th June, 1991, an all-white humpback whale was photographed passing Byron Bay, Australia’s most easterly point. This unusual whale is, so far, the only documented record of an all-white humpback whale in the world. It has been named “Migaloo” … Continue reading

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Pelorus Jack

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Pelorus Jack was a Risso’s dolphin who was famous for helping guide ships through a dangerous stretch of water in New Zealand known as French Pass. The legend of Pelorus Jack states that, back in the late 1800’s, Jack would … Continue reading