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A short history of animal antics in Parliament House

A short history of animal antics in Parliament House

The politicians aren't the only animals causing a ruckus at Parliament House.

What glows in the dark and has four penises?

What glows in the dark and has four penises?

Crikey intern Rachel Robertson takes us through 10 of the oddest animals recently discovered.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

It's animals all around for Richard Farmer today. Are we aping Rupert Murdoch?

An extract from <em>Us and Them: on the importance of animals</em>

An extract from Us and Them: on the importance of animals

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.

Birds of the week: firehawks of the Top End

Birds of the week: firehawks of the Top End

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.

Bug of the week: Golden Drummer Cicada

Bug of the week: Golden Drummer Cicada

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,

Snail of the Week

Snail of the Week

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.

Putin, lover of Russia and furry animals

Putin, lover of Russia and furry animals

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.

Bird of the week – the Night Parrot (maybe) resurfaces

Bird of the week – the Night Parrot (maybe) resurfaces

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.

Why we should kill oil-soaked birds

Why we should kill oil-soaked birds

All the efforts to clean and salvage the oil-soaked birds from the Gulf of Mexico spill are in vain. The most humane thing to do is just kill them, says experts.