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Environment

Fear fish-killing pathogen will spread from Yerrabi Pond to Murrumbidgee River

The Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin.

JOHN THISTLETON 11:30pm Anglers are being advised not to transfer small boats from Yerrabi Pond into other waterways to avoid spreading deadly pathogens that may be responsible for killing large numbers of Murray cod.

Taronga's echidnas follow their leader as keepers hope for a puggle

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Steve Jacobs Echidnas at Taronga Zoo have recently been taking part in a strange breeding ritual known as “trailing”, leading keepers to hope for a rare puggle as the babies are known.

Mind over matter as pets undergo therapy for mental health problems

Happy chappy: Marco the Maltese terrier, pictured with owner Sandy Junior, has undergone treatment for his mental health problems.

MELANIE KEMBREY After the antidepressants and the hours of therapy, Marco has turned the corner and is a whole new dog.

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Sci-Tech

Polar bears find a new menu option

Polar bears' loss of ice to hunt from has led them to find a new food source.

James Gorman But the polar bears here discovered a new menu option. They eat snow geese.

Win for animal activists and media but ag-gag fight goes on

Sheep are deprived of food and water

Elise Burgess The animal protection movement has recorded a significant victory, with the defeat of "ag-gag" legislation in South Australia.

Animal ethics founder on question of consciousness

A lion in one of the old cages at Melbourne Zoo before the new big cats' enclosure opened in 1974.

Andrew Masterson The debate about animal ethics has increased markedly over the past decade, but its core questions are beyond the reach of science, writes Andrew Masterson.

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Environmentalists sue over threat to owls

A four-year-old masked owl.

BRIDIE SMITH Environmentalists are suing the state government for failing to look after three threatened species of owl found in key logging areas of Gippsland.

Shooters misfire and publish animal lovers' shot in magazine

Kirsty Needham State Political Editor The Sporting Shooters' Association has been forced to apologise for publishing the winning image from a Greens wildlife competition in its Shooter magazine, and claiming the image celebrated trophy hunting.

Not your average carp: Tale of George the surgery-surviving goldfish goes viral

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CAROLINE ZIELINSKI Everyone loves a fish out of water story - all the more so, it seems, if it involves a goldfish lying on an operating table undergoing life-saving surgery.

RSPCA chief's pet project a love-locked tree at Floriade

Remembering: RSPCA ACT chief executive officer Tammy Ven Dange at Floriade to help promote a memorial tree for people whose pets have died.

Amelia Crawford The RSPCA is paying tribute to much loved pets with a special memorial tree.

Post-op, George the goldfish doing 'swimmingly'

George the goldfish.

CAROLINE ZIELINSKI The owner of George the goldfish — who underwent surgery to remove a head tumour last week — said the little fish was coming along "swimmingly".

Global wild tiger population to be counted by 2016: international conference

The world's wild tiger population fell to little over 3200 in 2010 from 100,000 only a century ago. A fresh count will be made by 13 nations by 2016.

Dhaka, Bangladesh: Thirteen countries with wild tiger populations agreed on Tuesday to take part in a global count to establish how many of the critically endangered big cats are left and improve policies to protect them.

Colossal squid weighing 350kg pulled from Antarctic

The colossal squid, weighing in at 350 kilograms.

Scientists say a female colossal squid weighing an estimated 350 kilograms and thought to be only the second intact specimen ever found was carrying eggs when discovered in the Antarctic.

McDonald's to phase out caged eggs

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BEAU DONELLY McDonald's has vowed to take caged eggs off the menu within three years, following sustained pressure from animal rights activists.

Beached whales point to population rebound

Dead humpback whale at Wallabi Point on the NSW Mid-North Coast.

PETER HANNAM Two dead humpback whales have washed up on NSW beaches in recent days, prompting a reminder for swimmers to avoid getting too close to the giant “shark magnets”.

Vet saves goldfish from tumour using micro-surgery

Under the knife: George the goldfish.

CAROLINE ZIELINSKI Vets have saved a goldfish's life in remarkable micro-surgery at a Melbourne animal hospital.

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'Gentlest giant': Zeus, the world's largest dog, dies

The world's largest dog, a Great Dane named Zeus, has died, his owners say.

EPA has lost community's trust, inquiry told

Narrabri grazier Tony Pickard has reported suspected contamination of water by Santos.

PETER HANNAM The NSW Environment Protection Authority has been “captured by industry” and starved of the resources needed to do its job, according to submissions to an inquiry into the agency.

Three elephants found dead in Aceh, Indonesia, with tusks removed

Villagers inspect a dead Sumatran elephant allegedly killed by poachers for its tusks, in Jambo Reuhat village, East Aceh, Indonesia.

Three endangered Sumatran elephants have been found dead, all with their tusks removed, in Indonesia's Aceh province.

Playing God

The illos are for a Goodweekend piece on endangered species.Animals are Tasmanian devil, Corroboree frog, Cassowary,Christmas Island Pipistrellus bat, Lord Howe Island stick insect.Work by Joe Benke.  The illos are for a Goodweekend piece on endangered species.
Animals are Tasmanian devil, Corroboree frog, Cassowary,
Christmas Island Pipistrellus bat, Lord Howe Island stick insect.
Work by Joe Benke.

BRIDIE SMITH With so many creatures under threat of extinction, and so little money to fund conservation efforts, some say it's time to pick who will survive.

Playing God

The illos are for a Goodweekend piece on endangered species.Animals are Tasmanian devil, Corroboree frog, Cassowary,Christmas Island Pipistrellus bat, Lord Howe Island stick insect.Work by Joe Benke.  The illos are for a Goodweekend piece on endangered species.
Animals are Tasmanian devil, Corroboree frog, Cassowary,
Christmas Island Pipistrellus bat, Lord Howe Island stick insect.
Work by Joe Benke.

Bridie Smith With so many creatures under threat of extinction, and so little money to fund conservation efforts, some say it's time to pick who will survive.

Playing God with Australia's threatened species

Zoos Victoria CEO Jenny Gray watches as keeper Monika Zabinskas holds Mulana, a healthy one-year-old Tasmanian devil.

BRIDIE SMITH The federal government could follow New Zealand and prioritise Australia's threatened species according to their chance of survival or status - and fund conservation programs accordingly.

Polly wants a tracker: wing-tags shed light on Sydney's cockatoos

Laurence the cockatoo is a creature of the urban jungle.

MICHAEL KOZIOL Cockatoos have been tracked around Sydney more than 10,000 times as part of a research project by the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Bronte Beach gets seal of approval

Seal deal:Taking a rest in the sun at Bronte's saltwater pool.

PATRICK BEGLEY It's a seal's life, soaking up the sun at Bronte Beach's ocean pool on a Thursday morning.

Deep-sea Dendrogramma creatures found off Australia could 'reshape tree of life'

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'Aliens' in the shape of unclassifiable mushroom-shaped creatures have been discovered in the ocean depths off Australia.

The Shark Cull documentary sure to make waves in WA

A dead shark with a bullet-hole in its head from the documentary The Shark Cull.

ALEISHA ORR With less than nine weeks until baited hooks could again be deployed in West Australian waters as part of the state government's shark kill zones, a documentary on the program is set to reignite debate over the controversial issue.

Sharks: report reveals what West Australians really think

People are being invited to express their views on plans to use shark drum lines in WA waters over the next three years.

ALEISHA ORR Attitudes towards the issue of sharks in Western Australia have been revealed in a research paper commissioned by the state government but believed to have never been publicly released.

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Famous giant panda 'fakes pregnancy, gets nice things'

Fake? Giant panda Ai Hin.

Elahe Izadi bc-panda 08-28 498 ATTN: Feature editors //Famous giant panda fakes pregnancy, gets nice things// By Elahe Izadi (c) 2014, The Washington Post.

Bird keeper convicted of mistreatment

Mistreated Campbellfield birds

STEVE BUTCHER An elderly pensioner known as the "Birdman" who once supplied a cockatoo for super model Megan Gale's fashion shoot has been convicted and fined $10,000 on multiple RSPCA mistreatment charges.

Features

Soothing the gentle beast

Dog yoga or doga aims to help dogs find their inner peace.

Feeding time

When a chimp feeds milk to a tiger cub.

Nothing biblical in factory farming

Something has gone badly wrong in relations between human beings and other animals.

What is free range?

Organic, free range, organic free range, green, eco. Confused?

Eating Animals

Jonathan Safran Foer writes of the effect of our appetite on those lower down the food chain.

PM employs ratter

British PM enlists stray tabby to help control a rat problem.

Cat burglar

Dusty has apparently stolen more than 600 items over the years.

Roaming ducks

Ducks often get lost in search of food and end up on roads.

Leopard under the knife

Kamala, a snow leopard at Taronga Zoo, has an operation to fix her arthritic knee.

Animal CSI

Veterinary forensic science seminars teach crime scene processing procedures to prosecute crimes against animals.

Smoking chimp's cure

Animal rights workers discover chimp smoking cigarettes at a zoo.

Lively cubs get check-up

Melbourne Zoo’s Sumatran tiger cubs take their first steps into the wide world.

Taronga's baby elephant

Sydney has a new addition to its elephant herd.

Melbourne's baby jumbo

A look back at the first few days in the life of Melbourne Zoo's baby elephant, now named Mali.

Mr Shuffles walks

Newborn male Asian elephant wows Sydney.

Live cattle trade

Animals Australia has uncovered terrible cruelty in Indonesian abattoirs. Here is our record of events.

Dogs too cute for their own good

What to do with unwanted pets is a major issue. See our special index.

Freaks of Nature

In recent years, there's been a marked increase in cases of animals with genetic mutations.