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Mammals of Australia

Books can bring out the best in children

Few parents are ever completely satisfied with their children. When my children were born extremely premature, all I wanted was for them to come home in good health. When they came home in good health, I wished for them to be more outgoing in new environments.

Sunday, 23 September, 2012, 10:20am

Marvellous marsupials

Animals with pockets

Mammals give birth to live young. Cows, hippopotamuses and whales give birth to calves that can walk or swim within hours of being born.

Cats and moles have babies that aren't as developed. Their kittens and pups are born blind and helpless. They live in a nest for the first few months of their lives.

7 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Pygmy possum may be first victim of climate change

They are tough little creatures that have been scurrying around snow-covered peaks for more than 20,000 years. But experts fear Australia's mountain pygmy possum is in danger of becoming the country's first tangible victim of climate change.

17 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

The lure of the jungle

Dawn breaks, with a crash.

26 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Tooth and claw

They are two of Sydney's great urban wildlife success stories. The Australian white ibis and the grey-headed flying fox, a type of large bat, are among the most commonly seen animals in the parks, gardens and suburbs of the harbour city.

17 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Simple present tense made easy

The present is now and the simple present tense is used to talk about actions that happen now. If you do something every day, or sometimes, or usually, or every Saturday, you use the simple present tense.

3 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Island denies TV claims it is a koala killing ground

The inhabitants of an island off the coast of Australia have hit back at a Taiwanese television report that branded them cold-blooded killers of koala bears.

The Taiwan-based ETTV station labelled Kangaroo Island, off the coast of South Australia, a 'killing ground' where farmers indiscriminately shot koalas.

9 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Fur-reaching solution to New Zealand's possum problem

Possums are running riot in New Zealand more than 150 years after they were introduced from Australia.

An estimated 70 million brush-tailed possums are munching their way through the country's forests, competing for food with native animals, endangering rare ground-dwelling birds by eating their eggs and spreading tuberculosis to cattle.

18 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Outback legend lives . . . and it's purple

Australian scientists have confirmed the existence of a purple wallaby previously considered an Outback legend.

Almost 80 years ago a French-born Australian biologist, A. S. Le Souf, first described a wallaby - a smaller relative of the kangaroo - with purple fur around its face and neck in northwest Queensland, around the mining town of Mount Isa.

20 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain... all will be explained

Why don't scavenging animals get food poisoning?

It is not true that scavenging animals simply eat any decaying food and survive only because they have a stronger body. In fact, intelligence is their most important weapon.

12 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

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