The best terrifyingly cute costumes for your pet this Halloween

It’s nearly that time of the year folks… The one day where we can dress up our kids *fur babies in terrifyingly cute costumes and not feel guilty about it.

Whilst pint-sized witches and ghosts roaming around our streets are often a common occurrence on Halloween, this year we’re likely to see some adorable pups and cats joining in on the fun too.

Dressing up animals on Halloween is a trend that’s really started to kick off around the world recently and we have absolutely zero complaints about it.

If you’re thinking about dressing up your furry buddy this Halloween, here’s some of our favourite costumes sure to be a hit with the locals:

Kmart Pumpkin Pet Costume

PHOTO: Kmart Australia

Petbarn Bootique Pizza Delivery Illusion Dog Costume

PHOTO: Petbarn

Kmart Spider Pet Costume

PHOTO: Kmart Australia

Petbarn Bootique Sushi Cat Costume

PHOTO: Petbarn

Kmart Glow in the Dark Skeleton Pet Hoody

PHOTO: Kmart Australia

Petbarn Bootique Teddy Bear Illusion Dog Costume

PHOTO: Petbarn

BIG W Wonder Woman Pet Cape

PHOTO: Big W Australia

BIG W DC Comics Batgirl Pet Cape

PHOTO: Big W Australia

Baby Giraffe October Australia Zoo

WATCH | Giraffe calf takes first steps just hours after birth

MOVE over royal baby, there’s a gorgeous new addition already wooing crowds in Australia.

The male giraffe calf was born on September 26 at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast to mum, Penny.

The park has today released adorable photos and video of the calf just minutes after he was born and frolicking in the ‘African Savannah’.

Kat Hansen, Giraffe Keeper at Australia Zoo said this was the second calf born in just two months.

“Since opening our African Savannah in September 2011, we’ve welcomed nine giraffes!” Kat explained.

“Our newest addition, together with his family, are great ambassadors for those in the wild as people from around the world can see them and learn about how we can save them,” Kat added.

“Concerningly, giraffe populations have reduced by more than 40% in the last 30 years and there are now less than 100,000 in the wild and that means giraffe have now been reclassed as vulnerable to extinction.”

Baby Giraffe October Australia Zoo

PHOTO: Supplied by Australia Zoo

Robert Irwin said it was always exciting, welcoming new animals to the Australia Zoo family.

“Mum Penny, and her new calf are doing so well and over the coming weeks, as they become more comfortable and confident, our guests at Australia Zoo will be able to see them on the African Savannah,” Robert said.

“Giraffe really are incredible animals. When they’re born, they stand up and start walking within an hour, they’re already roughly two metres tall and they can weigh 60kg.

“This male calf will probably grow to be more than 5.5 metres tall and we can’t wait to see that happen!

“It’s so important that we make sure that giraffe are here for generations to come. Dad always said that if we could introduce people to wildlife, they would fall in love and want to save them too.”

The newborn will be named by the highest bidder at the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner in Brisbane, on Saturday November 10.

Australia Zoo Giraffe Baby Boom

ADORABLE!! From just minutes old to frollicking on his new legs – take a look at the incredible free spirit of this newborn giraffe calf, recently born at Australia Zoo.WATCH | http://bit.ly/2PBy6sO

Posted by myGC on Monday, 15 October 2018

 

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Greater protection for koalas on the Gold Coast

HUNDREDS of koalas living in and around Parkwood and Coombabah will soon be better protected with council moving to declare the suburbs a dedicated priority area for koala conservation.

With as many as 300 koalas believed to be living in the area, Council hopes the new priority area declaration will help the population flourish.

Parkwood and Coombabah will join existing priority koala areas East Coomera-Pimpama, Burleigh Ridge and Elanora-Currumbin Waters as part of the City’s Koala Conservation Plan.

Planning Chair, Cr Cameron Caldwell said creating another priority area signified the importance of the area to the local koala population.

“We are committed to seeing that population flourish,” said Cr Caldwell.

“By classifying this area as a priority under the Koala Conservation Plan, it provides a focus for resource allocation, habitat restoration and retention, threat mitigation and community engagement actions.”

Cr Caldwell said the new priority area will help reduce the number of koalas killed on our roads.

“The inclusion of this new priority area will assist in reducing koala mortalities caused by vehicle strikes and assisting with the safe passage of koalas within urban areas,” he said.

“We’re taking real action to protect the Gold Coast’s vulnerable koala population.”

The City is awaiting the release of the draft Koala Conservation Strategy from the Department of Environment and Science, due mid-2019.

The proposed Parkwood-Coombabah area will be voted on at Full Council next week.

Fresh calls to ban shark nets after baby whale caught in net on Gold Coast

The Australian Marine Conservation Society and Humane Society International has renewed calls to remove shark nets after a baby humpback whale was injured when it was caught in a net on the Gold Coast today.

The distressed Humpback was spotted struggling in the water at Greenmount Beach around 6.00am on Tuesday, with AMCS and HSI capturing confronting vision of the whale calf entangled in rope.

It was eventually set free by Sea World crews after a difficult and lengthy rescue mission, but sustained a number of abrasions.

This “latest horror” has prompted fresh calls for the Queensland Government to remove the nets in favour of “non-lethal alternatives”.

“Seeing these images of a baby humpback whale entangled in a shark net should be enough to get the Queensland Government to remove the nets,” Lawrence Chlebeck, Marine Campaigner for Humane Society International said.

“How many more animals must suffer in these nets before the Government moves to more effective, non-lethal measures?”

PHOTO: Supplied | Humane Society International and the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

Trevor Long from Sea World was of a similar opinion, calling for the nets to be replaced with drum lines at three southern Gold Coast beaches.

The Kirra net, Greenmount net and the Bilinga net are problem nets because what happens is the mothers bring their calves into that bay to feed them, to rest them, before they turn around to head south,” Mr Long said.

“There’s a lot of these strategic resting sights for these whales up and down the Coast and we’ve got to protect them and look after them.”

PHOTO: Supplied | Humane Society International and the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

“I personally would like to see those three nets removed and replaced with drum lines,” Trevor said.

“We’ve done that in other places in Queensland where there has been no detriment to other bathers safety, so is that something we should look at? Yes absolutely.”

It also comes after an endangered baby scalloped hammerhead shark tangled and drowned in a shark net off the Gold Coast earlier this month, The Australian Marine Conservation Society revealed.

World Mental Health Day: Gold Coast clinic to host ‘pet therapy’ with miniature ponies

Adorable animals will be on hand at the Coast’s largest private mental health facility today, in a bid to encourage pet therapy this World Mental Health Day.

From 11.00am, Currumbin Clinic will host pet therapy for patients, carers, visitors and staff with miniature ponies, goats, dogs, chickens and snakes.

It’s all part of the Clinic’s week-long, national mental health week activities to reduce the stigma around mental illness while encouraging awareness, discussion, socialisation and wellbeing for Gold Coasters.

Currumbin Clinic CEO, Kate Cross says that with around 1 in 4 Gold Coasters impacted by depression and anxiety, it is “extremely rewarding” to raise awareness.

“There are many proven benefits of pet therapy,” Ms Cross says.

“Research shows that interacting with animals can lower blood pressure, decrease depression and anxiety, lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation, encourage communication, and improve socialisation and a sense of community.”

“Our hospital policy allows approved support dogs onsite, and soon we will have our own Currumbin Clinic therapy dog onsite to support patients with their healing process.”

Currumbin Clinic’s mental health week calendar also includes a Ninja Warriors hospital visit, food truck and musical jam session, hospital movie nights and a “wear your blues” day for men’s mental health.

All proceeds raised during the week will be donated to LIVIN, a Gold Coast business that promotes wellness and positive living for young people through mental health awareness and early education programs.