Cute alert! Rare bilby triplets, koala joeys born at Dreamworld

DREAMWORLD has welcomed the pitter patter of many tiny paws to its wildlife precinct this summer, with the birth of 10 adorable koala joeys and rare bilby triplets.

The new baby koalas are around 8-9 months old and started venturing out of their mums’ pouches about a month ago.

Dreamworld says the adorable balls of fur are enjoying “riding around on mum’s back, taking long snoozes and sampling the ample gum leaves in their purpose-built koala home”.

The Coomera theme park hosts one of the largest koala colonies in the world with a total of 61 koalas, which all play a role in the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation’s wild koala conservation initiatives.

PHOTO: Dreamworld

Guests can now get a glimpse of the cute new arrivals at the Dreamworld Corroboree.

In a rare occurrence, three female bilbies have also been born to the one mum and will become part of the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation’s collaboration with the Save the Bilby Fund’s release program into a fenced area at Curruwinya National Park.

PHOTO: Dreamworld

The 3-month-old bilby triplets have boosted Dreamworld’s bilby population to 14 in total.

Pet owners warned: “NYE fireworks no fun for animals”

As we prepare to farewell 2018 with a bang, the RPSCA is warning pet owners to take special precautions to ensure their furry friends are safe and secure during New Year’s Eve celebrations.

RSPCA Qld spokesman Michael Beatty said fireworks may be fun for humans, but every year they create havoc amongst the animal population.

“It’s likely that scores of animals will end up at our shelters or council pounds,” Mr Beatty said.

“The sad part is that it’s easily preventable. Despite the warnings many people still don’t seem to understand the devastating effect fireworks can have on some animals.

“Often they will panic and end up on the road where of course they run the risk of being hit by cars. Sometimes they’re found kilometres from their homes.”

RSPCA said the easiest way to make sure pets are safe during News Years Eve celebrations is by ensuring they’re in a secure environment and one that they feel comfortable with.

“Ideally they should be kept inside the house and if this is not possible then inside the garage or somewhere where they feel at ease and know well,” Mr Beatty said.

All pet owners are also being encouraged to make sure their pets identification is up to date.

“It’s very hard to reunite pets with their owners if they don’t have identification that includes the owners’ telephone numbers,” RSPCA warned.

“Ideally they should also be micro-chipped. We also recommend that horses should be securely stabled or removed to a location away from the fireworks.”

The things not to give your pet this Christmas Day

Pet owners are being urged to resist the temptation to shower their four-legged friends with treats this Christmas Day.

Vets warn that while Christmas is a time of giving, human foods can cause serious illness in animals and possible even death.

Even the Christmas ham is off the menu for dogs and cats with experts saying fatty foods like that could bring on pancreatitis which causes severe pain and shock.

Chocolate is a definite no-go for animals because it can be toxic.

Chocolate poisoning could lead to vomiting, diarrhoea, nausea and even seizures.

Macadamia nuts are also off the list because they could cause tremors, abdominal pain, vomiting, increased heart rate and the inability to walk.

Dog trainer Lara Shannon also warns not to feed pets grapes.

“Grapes, a lot of people don’t realise can be toxic and that includes currents and raisins as well, so that means something like the Christmas cake is a definite no-no for dogs to be eating,” she said.

Cooked bones are also a danger to animals because they can splinter and damage their throats and intestines.

The RSPCA is also urging us to keep pets away from Christmas decorations warning that tinsel and wrapping paper can damage the intestines of cats and dogs if ingested.

Cat and Dog

AWLQ: Give an abandoned animal a fur-ever home this Christmas

Queenslanders are being encouraged to make Christmas extra special this year by giving a fur-ever home to an abandoned animal in need of a little love.

If you’ve been thinking about adopting a furry new companion, then now is the puurrfect time to do it, with Animal Welfare League Queensland holding a mega adoption drive across Queensland this weekend only.

AWLQ State Rehoming Manager Melinda Phipps says she hopes the adoption drive, dubbed Project Empty Shelter, will find hundreds of animals homes and says adult cat and dog adoption prices have been reduced to encourage people to adopt.

“We are encouraging the Gold Coast community to open their hearts and homes and help us rehome 200 animals,” she said.

Across the weekend of 8 and 9 December, dog adoption prices will be $80 and cat adoption prices will be just $30.

“There is no greater gift to a shelter animal than a loving home,” Ms Phipps says.

If you’re looking to open your heart to a new family member this Christmas, you can do so by visiting:

• Beenleigh Animal Rehoming Centre, Rossmans Road, Stapylton
• Gold Coast Animal Rehoming Centre, Shelter Road, Coombabah
• Warra Animal Rehoming Centre, Telegraph Road, Bracken Ridge
• Willawong Animal Rehoming Centre, Gooderham Road, Willawong

All cats and dogs are desexed, microchipped and vaccinated.

For more information on the animals available for rehoming head to www.projectemptyshelter.com.au.

Santa Pawtraits

Where to get pet pawtraits with Santa on the Gold Coast

If you count your fur-baby as family, and you can’t imagine getting a christmas photo without them – then this news will make your heart swell with joy.

We’ve tracked down all the locations on the Gold Coast that you can get an adorable Santa snap with your pet, and there are plenty of spots all around town.

Check out our detailed list below, but be sure to book in quick as spots are filling up fast.

Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre
When: 9th & 16th December, 2018
Time: 10am – 12pm
Where: Outside Rivers and Pet Supplies Direct
Details: harbourtowngoldcoast.com.au/centre-info/find-your-christmas-miracles

Marina Mirage
When: 8th, 15th & 22nd December
Time: 10am – 2pm
Details: marinamirage.com.au/santaphotos/

Robina Town Centre
When: 8th & 9th December
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Where: The Promenade
Details: robinatowncentre.com.au/play/events/pet-photography

Runaway Bay Shopping Centre
When: 13th December
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Where: Outside Big W
Details: runawaybaycentre.com.au/whats-on/happy-santa-paws/

Stockland West Burleigh
When: 6th, 9th, 13th & 16th December
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Where: Outside Commonwealth Bank.
Details: stockland.com.au/shopping-centres/centres/stockland-burleigh-heads/offers-and-events/events/promotional/santa-paws-photos

Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
When: 9th & 16th December
Time: 7.30am – 9.30am
Where: At Santa’s Pavilion, ground floor outside Myer
Details: pacificfair.com.au/what-s-on/a-very-special-santa-paw-trait

The Pines
When: 9th & 16th December
Time: 10am – 3pm
Where: Near Kmart
Details: thepineselanora.com.au/photos-with-santa/

Tweed Mall
When: 13th December
Time: 4pm – 8pm
Where: Meet at the Wharf Street entry foot path
Details: tweedmall.com.au/santa-pet-photos/

The Strand Coolangatta
When: 13th & 20th December
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Where: Outside Nic Nax Discount Variety
Details: strandcoolangatta.com.au/whats-on/santa-photos

Petbarn
When: Various dates
Times: Various times
Where: Q Super Centre, Arundel, Tweed Heads
Details: facebook.com/pg/petbarn/events/