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PostPosted: 11-03-2014 07:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

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They can also be identified via their teeth, which are different as kangaroos mainly eat grass while wallabies mostly eat leaves.


I'll be sure to remember this! If I see what might be a wallaby in the area but on closer inspection it has a kangaroo's gnashers, I won't bother to call the police. This is not the macropod you're looking. He can go about his business.
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Recently I saw a report of kangaroos eating a (hopefully) dead penguin. But could it have been wallabies?
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Recently I saw a report of kangaroos eating a (hopefully) dead penguin. But could it have been wallabies?


You mean, in the report they didn't clearly show the animal's teeth so as to clearly demonstrate its identity?

Many supposed herbivores have the odd sneaky meat dish, it turns out.
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PostPosted: 12-03-2014 07:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plus it can be hard to pick scale. Was it a Fairy Penguin or an Emperor? Are they sure it wasn't an Auk?

There are, actually, a lot of morphological differences between wallabies and kangaroos. Roos tend to be leaner as well as bigger, being more adapted to dry grasslands while wallabies tend to live in less open spaces. Wallabies tend to have thicker fur. There are a few things I'd check before I went for the teeth. Height being the most obvious.
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Plus, wallabies are dead cute. I'm not sure how zoologists measure that quality. I'd measure it in mouse lemurs. Wallabies are 13 MLs cute.
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PostPosted: 15-03-2014 00:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sadly they are dead.

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Escaped wallabies found dead in Clough, County Down
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-26568721

A wallaby and its joey

Wallabies, like kangaroos, are marsupials

Two wallabies who escaped from privately-owned land in County Down have been found dead.

The animals escaped from land on the Knocksticken Road outside the village of Clough on Monday.

The mother, who was carrying her joey in her pouch, had become trapped between a wall and a tank on adjacent land.

Initial searches had failed to spot them as they were hidden from view, but they were found on Thursday.

The family that owns the animals said they were "sad but relieved that the search is over", and they thanked people who had helped out.

Wallabies, like kangaroos, are marsupials and both species are native to Australia.

However, this is not the first time that wallabies have been on the loose in Northern Ireland.

Almost two years ago, a wallaby went walkabout in Tyrone after burrowing out of his enclosure.

He turned up a few weeks later in County Londonderry.
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Sad Very sad!
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Missing vulture Gandalf found on Scots island of Islay

A vulture that went missing from a bird of prey centre in North Lanarkshire has been found about 100 miles away on the island of Islay.
The bird, called Gandalf, disappeared from the World of Wings centre in Cumbernauld on 23 March.
There had been no confirmed sightings until a farmer on the Hebridean island spotted the vulture on his farm.

Gandalf was caught by a local bird expert and is being returned home. The vulture was hungry but unharmed.
She had been chased away from the skies above Cumbernauld by three buzzards who attacked as the vulture performed an aerial display.

It was the second time that Gandalf, a Ruppell's Griffon Vulture, native to Africa, had vanished from World of Wings.
The bird, which has a 10.5ft wingspan and can soar up to 37,000ft, went missing for a week in August 2010.

Gandalf has been the star at the World of Wings centre since 2006, when she was brought from the Sahel region of central Africa as part of a breeding programme.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-26851585
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Stonehenge man's missing falcon found on Isle of Wight

A bird of prey that was "days from death" after going missing in Wiltshire is to be reunited with its owner having been rescued on the Isle of Wight.
Zazu, a male gyr-peregrine cross, went missing from Stonehenge on 22 March when it chased a crow.

After ten days its owner, Mike Gale, received a call to say his falcon was 60 miles away in Ventnor.
It had been rescued by Steve Hain of White Falconry, who nursed it back to health.

Mr Hain said: "A member of the public called, saying she could hear bells.
"One of our friends went out there, he's a falconer, so he used a lure to bring the bird in."
After spending an hour contacting other falconers on the island, Mr Hain tried the Independent Bird Register, which helped them trace Mr Gale.
He said: "It's lucky for Mike that he registered the bird - a lot of people don't because it costs money."

The bird, which had removed its transmitter, was very weak and hungry when it was found.
Mr Hain said: "He had quite a mucky beak, which tells us he had been eating bugs. He had a cut on his leg so he was must have been attacked by another bird.
"We spent the last week giving him fluids and wet food. He's had a bath and we've been keeping him warm.
"I reckon he would have been dead in a day and a half had we not found him."

Mr Gale, who adopted three-year-old Zazu eight months ago, said: "I'm rather attached to him.
"I thought I'd never get him back, to be honest."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26875106
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Dangerous giant bird on the loose in Hertfordshire countryside
The South American rhea, which has claws capable of disembowelling a person, has been spotted roaming around fields
By James Edgar, and Jasper Copping
1:20PM BST 15 Apr 2014

With its reputed ability to disembowel a human with a single blow, it is not the kind of creature one normally expects to encounter in the gentle countryside of the Home Counties.
But a swathe of Hertfordshire is on high alert for a 6ft tall bird which has escaped from its enclosure where it was kept as a pet.

The South American rhea has been on the run for a month, using its top speed of 40mph to successfully evade attempts to capture it.
Jo Clarke, the owner, said she kept four of the animals at her property in Brent Pelham, in the north east of the county, as they are good at eating weeds. The runaway creature, however, fled after apparently being spooked by a local hunt. The rogue animal – a three-year-old female – has been nicknamed “Chris”, by villagers, after the “Road to Hell” singer, Chris Rea. Very Happy

Since escaping, it has been spotted in neighbouring villages up to around five miles away. The flightless bird – about the size of an ostrich – was photographed by Ray Murdoch after he stumbled across it while on a bike ride near to the village of Nuthampstead, last Thursday.
Mr Murdoch, 66, a retired geography teacher said: “In the distance I saw what appeared to be a large bird, the closer I got the more perplexed I got, I thought it was a crane, I got closer, no it isn’t.
“The bird was trotting along just a couple of metres off the road in the edge of a field. As I got closer it kept looking over its shoulder at me. I think the rhea was as amazed to see a cyclist as I was to see a rhea.”

Tim Bradshaw, meanwhile, has spotted the bird near to his home in the village of Anstey, on Sunday. He said: ‘We had heard it was living in the woods near our house so I got my camera – it seemed more scared of me than I was of it.

The creatures are omnivorous, often eating insects and small vertebrates, as well as their preferred large-leafed plants, and they are said to be – usually – of a timid nature. However, the RSPCA have warned locals not to approach the runaway rhea if they spot it. Instead, they should report sightings to the organisation.

If they lash out with their long legs, their six-inch claws are said to be capable of disembowelling a man. They are also noted for pecking at the eyes with their beaks, if riled.
An RSPCA spokesman said: “They look nice but they are so strong it’s unbelievable. They aren’t listed as a dangerous animal but can kill you with one strike of their feet because their claws are six inches long. They will also go for your eyes with their beak.”

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The creature may want to stay one step ahead of the authorities. In 2010, an escaped rhea in Eyke, Suffolk, died after RSPCA experts shot it with a tranquilliser gun and it later suffered a suspected panic attack while recovering from the anaesthetic.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10767553/Dangerous-giant-bird-on-the-loose-in-Hertfordshire-countryside.html
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Hertfordshire escaped rhea: Threat to kill 'issued'
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-27095867

People trying to find an escaped 6ft-tall bird capable of running at 40mph say there has been a threat to kill it.

Rita the rhea disappeared from its Jo Clark's small-holding close to the Essex/Hertfordshire border, last month.

It has been spotted in nearby Anstey and at Barkway Park Golf Club, but keeps disappearing.

Searcher Jane Garne said someone rang to say they would shoot it, although Rita's owner said the South American bird was not dangerous.

Jo Clarke
Jo Clarke said her bird was not dangerous, although the RSPCA advice was to ring 101
Rita the rhea
A photograph of Rita was taken in a field in the Brent Pelham area
The RSPCA said: "Rheas are large birds and have the potential to be dangerous as they are strong, fast and have sharp claws.

"Our advice to the general public is keep well away and call us or the police on 101 if they see the bird."

'Upsetting threat'
Ms Garner said: "I have unfortunately had a call and the person told me they had a firearms licence and that he was going to shoot it.

"I implored him not to - it's doing no harm and there are lots of people badly trying to find a way to catch it."

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Rita shared her pen with three younger rheas which are not fully grown
The rhea, which is similar to an ostrich, is six years old and normally lives with three others rheas on its owner's land at Starling's Green.

"It's upsetting to hear someone say they'd shoot it," Ms Clark said.

"It's gone silly, but it's a large chicken and it isn't going to hurt anybody, I promise you.

"It's been hand-reared and they don't kick, they don't bite and she'll just run away from anyone."

Charmaine Lake, who spotted Rita on the golf course, said she did not feel threatened by the bird.

"She didn't seem like she was going to come charging at me, so I was quite happy," she said.
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Escaped ring-tailed lemur spotted in Sulby driveway

A ring-tailed lemur called Linta who escaped from a wildlife park on the Isle of Man more than a week ago has been spotted for the first time. A motorist saw the missing primate in a driveway in Sulby, and park manager Kathleen Graham said she was probably looking for food. Mrs Graham said the man told her the lemur looked "perky and bright".

Linta was one of two females brought to the Curraghs Wildlife Park last month from a English zoo. The new arrivals had just spent three weeks being bonded with two males in the park's new hospital building.

When the four animals were moved into their outdoor enclosure, surrounded by an electric fence, Linta jumped over it and escaped.
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Mrs Graham said: "They were all getting on fine and we did everything right. She didn't see it as a fence but an obstacle to jump on whilst she established her new territory.

"She will have got little zap but kept going."

Park staff have been searching the surrounding area each day and are now concentrating on the Sulby area.

Mrs Graham said: "She will be missing her bananas and grapes but the park is surrounded by a huge and largely uninhabited area of woodland.

"It is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

"Obviously we don't know if she has gone much further but if anyone spots her please let us know - she is not dangerous and we just want her safe return."

It was hoped the two females would breed with the two males to make a group - although the highly sociable animals are not endangered.

Linta was named after a river in Madagascar where she is originally from.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-27111537
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I hope they find Linta. Ring-tails depend on their fellows for warmth over night, and the Isle of Man can get very wet and cold.
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I hope they find Linta. Ring-tails depend on their fellows for warmth over night, and the Isle of Man can get very wet and cold.


Cats will be jealous of his tail.
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Arrests after wild boars let loose in Maesteg burglary

Police said the boars could attack other livestock

Six people have been arrested after wild boars were released during a burglary at a farm in Bridgend county.

About 21 of the animals could be roaming the area after they were released from their pen following a break-in in Ewenny Road, Maesteg, at 12:30 BST on Sunday.

Police said the farmer holds a dangerous animals licence and had the necessary fencing to prevent escapes.

Anyone who sees the boars is advised not approach them, but to call 101.

South Wales Police said although the animals are not an immediate threat to the public, they may charge anyone who tries to approach them as they will be disorientated and are not used to being out of their pens.

Wild boars are usually nocturnal and can travel up to 30 miles a day searching for food in the early morning or late afternoon and evening.

Inspector Paul Thomas said: "These animals are recognised as posing a potential threat. People should take as much care as possible.

"We are investigating the criminal damage and the release of dangerous wild animals, which can carry a sentence in prison."

'Bad reputation'
Naturalist and broadcaster Iolo Williams, the patron of the Wild Boar Trust said he has tracked wild boar in the Forest of Dean.

"They're fantastic animals, fascinating things. It's important I think that we remember they are a native animal. The Welsh princes used to hunt them so they're part of our heritage really," Mr Williams told BBC Radio Wales.

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All you have to do is just open the door and off they go immediately. They do not want that contact with people”

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He said people in and around Maesteg have nothing to worry about with the released boars on the loose.

"They have a bad reputation and I don't understand why," said Mr Williams. "They are very secretive, they are very shy and probably the first thing they'll do is they'll head for woodland cover.

"There's quite a bit of woodland up above and at the back of Maesteg there - forestry plantation and I'm pretty sure that's where people will find most of them."

He added: "They're fascinating animals and an important part of the woodland ecology as well. They turf up the woodland floor which helps new plants and flowers grow, which helps insects which helps birds."

Asked whether the wild boar can be a problem if they turn up in a garden, Mr Williams added: "All you have to do is just open the door and off they go immediately. They do not want that contact with people."
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-27184854
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