Cute bear exchange between Gold Coast and China

Mayor Tom Tate has hinted that the Gold Coast could one day be home to a panda sanctuary, as relations with China continue to bloom.

He’s in the Chinese town of Chengdu (one of the world’s best panda breeding grounds) inking a sister city deal this week, which has been five years in the making.

As a symbol of friendship between the two cities, Mayor Tate told Newscorp he hopes to gift Chengdu some of our cuddly bears, which could lead to them reciprocating.

“The next idea the Mayor of Chengdu and I will discuss is an idea of gifting a koala sanctuary and I will speak to him about the giant panda sanctuary they have there.

“This will generate more Chinese visitors to the Gold Coast and more Australian visitors to Chengdu because it is the home of the pandas.

“Who knows, maybe one day when the time is right we might have a giant panda sanctuary here,” Mayor Tate told Newscorp.

There’s no timeline on either of these plans at this stage.

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WATCH: Cat numbers reach critical levels at Animal Welfare League Qld

Animal Welfare League Qld (AWLQ) is calling on Gold Coasters to adopt a feline friend this weekend, as the charity looks to rehome over 100 abandoned and surrendered cats and kittens.

AWLQ rehoming manager Melinda Phipps told myGC the situation is urgent.

“We have all sorts of cats and kittens… and they need homes now. We also have over 50 cats that are in vet care that need foster carers.” she said.

See some of the cats and kittens that are up for adoption in video below:

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Dreamworld’s tiger cubs open their eyes for the first time

DREAMWORLD’S tiger cubs have reached an important milestone, with the brothers opening their eyes for the first time.

At almost two weeks old and weighing in at 2.89kg and 3.27kg, the cubs have started exploring their surrounds and will move into their new specially-designed nursery den at Tiger Island in the coming days.

There, guests will be able to get a glimpse of the cute duo before they venture out into the park and onto Tiger Island with their mum Adira and other members of the tiger family.

The cubs’ blue eyes will slowly transition to brown as they get older.

Source: Supplied/Dreamworld

Dreamworld Tiger Island Manager, Patrick Martin-Vegue said the cubs were happy and healthy and becoming more alert every day.

“They still sleep a lot of the day as all newborns do, but with their eyes now opening they are becoming more curious about the world around them and will continue to become more alert in the coming months,” he said.

The cubs will play an important role in raising awareness about the plight of critically endangered tigers in the wild.

Source: Supplied/Dreamworld

Due to poaching and deforestation, it is estimated there are fewer than 4,000 wild tigers left in the world today.

Money raised through photos and interactive experiences with the cubs will go towards the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation and help fund frontline conservation activities in tiger conservation areas in Russia and Indonesia.

The Foundation has contributed more than $2 million toward Tiger Conservation programs since launching in 2012.

MY DOG® beef & liver food recalled due to potential presence of plastic

A pet food brand has issued a recall of dog food, due to concerns there may be plastic in the product.

MY DOG® is recalling their ‘Beef & Liver 100g 12x Pack’, due to plastic contamination fears.

Only a specific batch could be affected – which can be identified by the batch code 84901WOD51, or best before date: 06 DEC 2020.

Mars Petcare Australia, the owner of the MY DOG® brand, released a statement saying the health and wellbeing of Australian pets is their number one priority.

“While we have not received any reports of injury or illness associated with the affected product, we believed it is the right thing to do to recall it,” the statement reads.

If consumers believe they have one of the affected products, they can either discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange.

Steps are being taken to ensure that all affected products are taken off distributor shelves.

No other varieties or batches are believed to be affected, including the individual trays of that flavour, and the 6x packs.

“We understand that this recall may be concerning for pet owners, however no other MY DOG® varieties or batches are affected by the recall, and owners will still be able to find unaffected product on shelf,” the statement reads.

For more information, 1800 640 111 (toll free) in Australia or visit

PHOTO | Supplied by Mars Petcare Australia

Currumbin Wildlife Foundation

$1m pledge to support Gold Coast koala population

$1 million in funding has been pledge to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital under a plan to support koala populations in South East Queensland and Northern NSW.

The commitment is part of a $6 million initiative which would also provide grants to protect koala habitats in the region.

It will include on ground action to protect koala habitat areas, enhance the corridors that connect local populations and funding for two other wildlife hospitals.

Doctor Michael Pyne, Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Senior Veterinarian said the contribution will make such a difference in the fight to save our koalas.

“Our wild koalas are in crisis. This incredibly generous contribution will allow Currumbin Wildlife Hospital to keep up with the demands of the ever growing wildlife admissions, now admitting almost 500 koalas and well over 11,000 wildlife patients every year,” Dr Pyne said.

“Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is overflowing with patients, this contribution will allow us to upgrade our facilities to better manage the ever growing patient admissions.”

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Koalas

PHOTO: Supplied by Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Gold Coast MP Karen Andrews was on hand to make the announcement on Tuesday, as part of a Coalition election promise.

“The team at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital do an incredible job treating, rehabilitating and releasing sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife and I’ve been very proudly campaigning on their behalf,” Minister Andrews said.

“The koala is a national symbol and this program would play a key role in their protection,” Ms Andrews added.

The funding will also help private landholders to better protect, manage and restore habitat areas, support community education and engagement, and actions to reduce vehicle strikes and dog attacks.