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The Golden Possum!


WE RECENTLY HAD a very special possum brought in to the clinic. She’s a rare golden variety of the Common Brushtail Possum. The golden colour occurs due to a mutation which causes a low level of the pigment melanin which gives them their normal colour. They are so rare in



Maria Taylor visits two local heros of animal medicine and welfare in south-east NSW in this excerpt from her forthcoming book. THERE ARE A lot of kangaroos in my neighourhood on the fringes of the national capital. The countryside is rural residential — a mix of hobby-block farming, people who feed

Pegasus horse-riding puts smiles on all faces

Jordan Thomas, Pegasus Riding for the Disabled

By Crystal Bevan. “HORSE. FUN”, a little girl is using a communication device, an iPhone around her neck, to vocalize her excitement. She is disabled and is about to commandeer an animal over three times her size. She is assisted by ‘side walkers’, volunteers who walk alongside the horse to help

Australian Swallow

Welcome Swallow: Hirundo neoxena (other names: Australian Swallow, House Swallow): The swallow builds a cup-shaped mud nest in open sheds, under eaves and anywhere it can attach the nest and have shelter. Seeing any nests brings to mind the work involved for the birds. Their beaks are small and carrying

Duck parents and duckling

Wood duck (Maned Duck, Mained Goose): they mate for life. Breeding occurs in spring and its onset is said to depend on rain. Ducklings are led to water on emergency. When disturbed, the the mother flaps her wings and heads off in the opposite direction to distract the perceived threat. If they are not

Town and country pets

It’s nearly 10 year ago that the documentary Pedigree dogs exposed caused wide spread outrage in the media and among dog lovers. The documentary focused on the obsession in purebred dog breeders to produce exaggerated physical traits in show breeds, leading to severe physical disorders in certain breeds. I personally never

Humans’ best friend in mental health support

by Heike Hahner Many of us feel a deep connection with animals. We enjoy their company and are endlessly fascinated by their behaviours and  their interactions with us. We have also known for decades to utilise this beneficial connection  with us by recruiting, especially dogs, as therapy and support dogs in hospitals and nursing homes, as