RSPCA ACT upset man escaped conviction for animal cruelty

Screen shots taken from video shown in court as part of case against Canberra man.

Michael Inman   Do Canberrans harbour a hatred for possums? The RSPCA ACT wonders in the fallout of Canberra courts failure to convict a man for battering a possum with a pole.

Hungry snakes take to Forster's beaches

A brown snake seen on the beach at Forster.

Janine Watson   Brown snakes just seem to love the beach at Forster on the NSW Mid North Coast.

Meet Ruby, Australia's newly discovered seadragon

'Mesmerising beauty': The ruby seadragon.

Andrew Darby   Say hello to Ruby, the "mesmerising beauty" that until recently no one knew existed.

Greyhound whistleblowers 'intimidated, threatened and ignored'

Rob Zammit: Tried to reveal the crimes.

Natalie O'Brien and Lisa Cox   Whistleblowers in the greyhound racing industry that have tried to raised the issue of live baiting and illeglaity have been intimidated, threatened or  pushed out of racing circles.

Four Corners uncovers systemic cheating and live baiting within greyhound racing industry

A screenshot of the <i>Four Corners</i> program on the greyhound racing industry.

Rachel Olding   Greyhound racers are secretly blooding their dogs with live bait as part of systemic and widespread cheating within the country's multimillion-dollar industry, according to explosive evidence uncovered by ABC's Four Corners.

Baird vows zero tolerance for greyhound industry abuse

Premier Mike Baird.

Lisa Visentin   Premier Mike Baird has vowed to "get to the bottom" of the animal welfare abuse within NSW's greyhound racing industry after graphic footage of live-baiting was revealed by ABC's Four Corners program on Monday night.

Port Phillip Bay commercial fishermen netted and knotted by government policy

Fishermen Rob Carabott and John Gazan with their catch in Williamstown.

Darren Gray   Commercial fishermen want the Victorian government to review a plan to ban commercial net fishing in Port Phillip Bay.

Your dog can read your face, researchers find

Watching you: Man's best friend.

Rebecca Leaver   Veterinary scientists in Vienna have found that dogs are capable of reading the difference between a happy face and an angry face.

Tokyo zoo stages fake leopard escape

On the run: A zoo employee dressed in a snow leopard costume takes part in the drill.

Su-Lin Tan   Tokyo's Tama zoo has staged an escaped-animal drill with a staff member dressed up as a snow leopard.

Can we bring back the woolly mammoth?

After being extinct for 4000 years, some believe the return of the woolly mammoth is nearing.

Jackson Landers   The cloning of Dolly the sheep brought hope of bringing a woolly mammoth back to life. But there's one big problem.

Man dies after shark attack at Shelly Beach, Ballina

Beach closed: Shelly Beach on Monday after a surfer was killed by a shark.

Rachel Olding   A man had died after being attacked by a shark on the state's north coast.

Greens promise to end animal cruelty

SUN HERALD 6th February 2015 Mehreen Faruqi the green environmental animal welfare spokesperson with a chicken at the Randwick organic garden Story on Animal welfare, and how RSPCA are failing our animals. Launch of the Greens animal welfare policy and campaign to ban battery hen cages etc. photo by Louise Kennerley sh

Natalie O'Brien   A plan to create an independent Office of Animal Welfare and to put an end to cruel factory farming practices is the cornerstone of the Greens animal welfare policy, which will be launched on Sunday.

More shark sightings in Newcastle as rough weather closes beaches

A photo of the bodysurfer's injuries.

Matt Carr   Several Newcastle beaches have been closed on Friday following rough weather and more shark sightings. 

1.5-metre crocodile kept as pet in shed

The crocodile was found in a shed.

Shannon Tonkin   Some people have cats as pets. Others prefer dogs. There's even some who gravitate towards more unusual companions, such as snakes, ferrets or mice.

Shark meat can damage health

Male great white shark - one to avoid on the dinner table as well.

Peter Hannam   Too much eating of shark in fish and chips and other meals might damage your health.

‘Living dinosaur’ shark trawled from South Coast

The goblin shark caught by fishermen on the NSW south coast. The shark finds its prey using hundreds of small sensors on its 'nasal paddle'.

Kate Smith   A rare and very unusual shark has been caught by fishermen trawling off Green Cape on the NSW south coast last Thursday.

No kangaroos in Austria? At least one is lost in the snow

The lost kangaroo.

T-shirts saying there are 'No kangaroos in Austria' are big sellers in the alpine nation, but nobody told Anton.

Animal activists confront puppy farmer outside court

Veterinary nurse Kat Butterworth with German shepherd Cherry.

Rania Spooner   Animal welfare activists confront puppy farm accused outside Werribee Magistrates Court.

Polar bear penises may be weakened by pollution

Polar bears are in danger of extinction and now it seems environment pollution is reducing the density of bones in their penises, making it more difficult for them to mate.

Poor polar bears just can't catch a break. It's already been shown that the sex organs of these endangered species have been shrinking over time, and now it seems the bones inside their penises are growing weaker as well.

Save them or kill them: Australians divided on kangaroos

We care: Vets treat a kangaroo for burns from a bushfire.

Eleanor Nurse   About this time every year, the Australian kangaroo meat industry goes into overdrive trying to sell the idea that its product is the "true-blue" meat for Australia Day.

'Exhausted' cows producing double the milk

Annual milk production in Australia has doubled to 9.3 million litres in 30 years despite a steady dairy cow population.

Esther Han   Intensified farming practices to meet the growing demand for milk are pushing dairy cows to "exhaustion" and exacerbating welfare problems such as mastitis and lameness, animal activists claim.

One small step for mankind, one giant leap for bell frogs

The Green and golden bell frog.

Rose Powell   Gleaming green frogs barely larger than a child's hand are set to be a major winner as the Clyde decommissioned crude oil refinery shrinks.

Out of their shells: King Penguins on the way

King Penguins

Janene Trickey   Mum and dad take turns incubating these eggs by placing them on their feet and rolling their stomachs over them to keep warm.

Gigantor: Is this Australia's largest brown snake?

Gigantor: a close-up of the Eastern brown snake.

Tom Decent   A two-metre Eastern brown snake, dubbed the largest of its kind in the world, has found a new home at the Australian Reptile Park after being caught in a suburban backyard. 

Cyclist crashes into kangaroo

Bronwyn Calver cycles along her regular route near Capital Circle in Canberra when an unexpected obstacle jumps across her path.

Tom Decent, Amanda Hoh   Footage has emerged of a former Australian cricketer being flung off her bike and colliding with a kangaroo in Canberra on Monday afternoon 

'Horrific' frilled shark pulled from the depths of the ocean

The frilled shark caught off Lakes Entrance in south-eastern Victoria.

Lucy Cormack   It has up to 47 rows of teeth, grows to lengths of two metres and is mostly found in ocean depths below 400 metres - or in a Taiwanese fish market.

OCEARCH heads down under: Australian sharks to be monitored online 24/7

Although the research at the moment won't allow tagging of great whites OCEARCH have tagged them in the past

Aleisha Orr   The exact location of 40 Australian sharks will soon be able to be monitored online at any time of the day thanks to technology that will be attached to sharks as part of expeditions being carried out by an American outfit currently in Australia for the first time.

'Environmental vandalism': government opts out of shark listing

The federal government is seeking to opt out of co-operating with other countries to protect five shark species, including two species of the hammerhead shark (pictured).

Lisa Cox   The Abbott government has been accused of backing away from its international obligations on animal conservation after it declared it would opt out of protecting five shark species.

RSPCA raids NSW puppy farm

Cruel reality: Dogs in a pen at the NSW puppy farm.

Eryk Bagshaw   A puppy farm in northern NSW has been investigated by RSPCA NSW after animal activists claimed that they had found evidence of dogs living in "appalling conditions."

Suspected stingray attack at Rose Bay

Stingray

Matt Burgess   A 30year old male was the victim of a suspected shark attack at 3pm in the plush suburb of Rose Bay, while wading through water.