Top End crocodile food shortage sees suppliers turn to central Australian feral animals – ABC Rural

Top End crocodile food shortage sees suppliers turn to central Australian feral animals – ABC Rural

For years crocodile farms have relied on the Top End’s feral buffalo and cattle populations to supply meat for their reptiles. But an increasing demand for buffalo and a rise in cattle prices has seen crocodile farms be outpriced by live exporters. This price pressure has forced pet meat suppliers …

RSPCA, wildlife carers struggling with influx of injured animals as urban sprawl marches on

RSPCA, wildlife carers struggling with influx of injured animals as urban sprawl marches on

Posted May 07, 2018 06:45:23 Photo: Rescued animals need to be returned as close as possible to where they were found. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Hailey Renault) Related Story: Health of platypus habitat trumps development on city’s outskirts Wildlife carers struggling to cope with mounting numbers of sick and injured animals …

New cancer centre for animals set to save K-9 lives, like Chiko the dog

New cancer centre for animals set to save K-9 lives, like Chiko the dog

Posted May 06, 2018 13:08:09 Photo: Chico getting his heart checked before undergoing radiation for a tumour (ABC News: Mark Reddie ) When seven-year-old Chico started limping on his morning walk, his owner Ahmet Hosgorur thought it was just an injury.      Never in his wildest dreams did he think …

Victorian volunteers with 1,000 Hollows Project band together to make nest boxes for tiny homeless animals

Victorian volunteers with 1,000 Hollows Project band together to make nest boxes for tiny homeless animals

Updated May 04, 2018 12:01:53 Photo: Carnivorous marsupials are slowly losing their habitat because of fire and land clearing (ABC News: Connie Agius) Tiny native marsupials at risk because of land clearing are getting new homes thanks to an army of Victorian volunteers. The 1,000 Hollows Project — one of …

Hundreds of smuggled animals found in suitcase in record-breaking customs seizure at Eucla

Hundreds of smuggled animals found in suitcase in record-breaking customs seizure at Eucla

Updated May 01, 2018 15:17:24 Related Story: Deadly snakes found in the post as reptile smuggling operation busted Related Story: Bobtail lizards seized from suitcase at Perth Airport WA’s largest seizure of native Australian animals has been recorded by police, with 219 creatures found stuffed inside a suitcase and other …

Dog attack victim welcomes steeper fines for owners whose animals attack

Dog attack victim welcomes steeper fines for owners whose animals attack

Updated April 22, 2018 12:59:38 Photo: Lucy Martin recovering in hospital following the attack. (Supplied: Seven News) Lucy Martin and her dog Daisy had just stepped out on their daily walk when they were set upon by an unleashed American Staffordshire terrier in December last year. “It was eyeing us …

Dog fighting: Dozens of animals seized in RSPCA’s ‘first major breakthrough in 10 years’

Dog fighting: Dozens of animals seized in RSPCA’s ‘first major breakthrough in 10 years’

Updated April 20, 2018 14:09:07 Video: Some of the dogs seized by RSPCA and Queensland police (ABC News) Related Story: Dog makes ‘miracle’ escape from garbage truck, RSPCA hunts for those responsible Related Story: RSPCA ‘finds’ man who threw cat at wall in social media video Dozens of dogs, some …

Fake assistance animals and their users gaming the system and increasing prejudice

Fake assistance animals and their users gaming the system and increasing prejudice

By Paul Harpur, Martie-Louise Verreynne and Nancy Pachana Updated April 18, 2018 18:53:14 Photo: Assistance dogs are vital for people living with disabilities, so it’s important that dodgy operators don’t exploit the industry. (ABC Northern Tasmania: Fred Hooper) Reports recently emerged of accusations against Uber drivers in the United Kingdom …

Sydney bushfire: Vet offers free board to animals with owners impacted by blaze

Sydney bushfire: Vet offers free board to animals with owners impacted by blaze

Posted April 15, 2018 17:58:58 Photo: Two staff with a possum rescued from the fire, before going to a WIRES carer. (Supplied: Kirrawee Veterinary Hospital) Related Story: Firefighters battle to save Sydney homes as blaze threat eases Related Story: ‘It’s jumped the line already’: Train drives through bushfire emergency A …

Marketing makes our favourite animals seem common as they slide towards extinction – Science News

Marketing makes our favourite animals seem common as they slide towards extinction – Science News

From Attenborough to Sesame Street, most of us have grown up surrounded by images, and plush toys, of iconic animals — from Africa, Asia, and sometimes Australia. Key points iconic species Whether it is fluffy toys or advertisements on television and billboards, our favourite iconic animals are used to sell …