A goat’s adventures on the Gold Coast

Once upon a time in the suburb of Coomera,
There travelled a homeless goat called Uma.
He decided to roam around many a home,
So myGC’s gone and written a (pretty average) poem.

The trouble was for the adventurous farm animal,
Trying to settle down seemed extremely irrational.
‘On the run since Thursday’ was mentioned,
And now the little goat is gaining unwanted attention.

Smelling some grass, and skipping down streets,
Does not always get you the friendly greets.
Locals swooped, and the little goat dodged,
Cars swerved, and complaints were lodged.

Council sent staff to rescue the ba-ba-baddy,
To see if they could reunite him with daddy.
While on his travels, he suffered a leg injury,
So he’ll be treated and cared for, in a local victory.

So thanks to the residents, who made absolutely sure,
This cute little goat didn’t get too sore.
Three Council catchers, and locals put in help,
And cute little Uma, didn’t even yelp.

The end.

Notes and credits:
Photos supplied by Dean Shelton.
myGC have assumed the gender, and made up the name of the goat.



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.

Cute Cat

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:

For more information, visit: awlqld.com.au/

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 https://www.mydog.com.au/

PHOTO | Supplied by Mars Petcare Australia