The politicians aren't the only animals causing a ruckus at Parliament House.
Crikey intern Rachel Robertson takes us through 10 of the oddest animals recently discovered.
2011 was a big year for animals: live exports, Sarbi the bomb detection dog, chimpanzees seeing sunshine for the first time. Anna Krien penned the latest Quarterly Essay on the relationship between humans and animals.
Bob Gosford examines the odd relationship between fire and birds in the NT, where cockatoos flock to the still burning grasslands to plunder the seeds and insects that lie cooked on the ground.
After quite a few summers of his aimless suburban youth spent chasing Cicadas, Bob Gosford enjoys a glorious crop of Golden Drummer cicadas in Alice Springs, after a wonderfully wet year that has seen record rain,
Bob Gosford spent the day poking around under some scattered Mulga trees in the MacDonnell Range, looking for rare snails that live in the delicate moist environment at the base of the trees.
A most wonderful photo gallery of Russian PM Vladimir Putin posing with different animals. Yes, it's topless Putin swimming with dolphins, military Putin the horse-whisperer, wild Putin patting a tiger and many more goodies.
There's been a recent sighting of the Night Parrot Pezoporus occidentalis. For a dedicated sub-set of Australian birders the Night Parrot is a “grail” bird, says Bob Gosford.