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

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.

Mishka Birthday

Polar bear cub Mishka celebrates 2nd birthday at Sea World

Sea World’s Polar bear cub ‘Mishka’ has celebrated her second birthday by enjoying a party fit for a Polar bear.

The theme park’s Polar Bear Shores exhibit was transformed into a celebratory environment with a host of presents, toys, treats and a special fishy birthday cake.

Mishka has thrived under the watchful eye of her mum, Liya and has come a long way since her birth, now weighing in at around 200 kilograms and measuring more than one and a half metres tall when standing.

Mishka Birthday

PHOTO: Supplied by Sea World

Sea World Polar Bear Keeper, Nora Tenbrock said it has been great to be part of Mishka’s development and the team is excited to celebrate this wonderful milestone.

“Mishka has become a favourite of Sea World guests and this is a great occasion for us to throw her a wonderful party where she can celebrate with her favourite toys and treats,” she said.

“The exhibit here at Sea World offers one of the world’s best enrichment programs and occasions such as these provide a great opportunity for our Bears to experience a range of different smells and textures.

“Liya and Mishka’s diet consists of red meats, fish and small amounts of fruit and vegetables. Mishka really enjoys diving and playing with toys in the pool which is great for Sea World guests who can get an up-close view through the underwater viewing area.

“Mishka’s second birthday marks a major milestone in her development, as she continues to grow and learn under her mum Liya, before eventually becoming a part of the International Polar Bear breeding program.”

Animal Welfare League QLD

WATCH: AWLQ celebrates 60 years

The Animal Welfare League Queensland is celebrating a huge milestone this year, with the charity turning 60 in 2019.

AWLQ CEO Denise Bradley told myGC they were thrilled to be celebrating 60 years of service.

“It’s a great achievement. Last year alone we rehomed nearly 6500 animals and cared for over 10000 animals. Currently we have 200 staff and over 800 volunteers – so we’ve certainly grown over the last 60 years,” she said.

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

The cutest new addition to Gold Coast’s Paradise Country

Paradise Country has welcomed a new addition to their family, a wombat joey!

The female joey is almost nine-months old, weighs in at just five kilograms, and is the cutest thing we ever did see!

The joey arrived from another zoological facility, and will join other native Australian animals in a specially designed habitat.

Paradise Country Curator of Wildlife, Deane Jones says the joey is an exciting addition to the family.

“She is a very sweet and affectionate wombat who loves playing, but like most youngsters she is still spending a lot of her time sleeping.

PHOTO | Supplied by Paradise Country

“She currently spends her days developing her life skills under the watchful eyes of our keepers and is feeding on a specially designed nutritional diet including pellets, grass, sweet potato and wombat milk formula,” Mr Jones said.

However, the brand new joey doesn’t have a name yet! So Paradise Country is on the hunt for a name that sits right with the locals.

“We are running a naming competition and are encouraging people to visit the Paradise Country Facebook page and vote for their favourite option from Mayzie, Dozy, Karri and Wattle,” Mr Jones said.

PHOTO | Supplied by Paradise Country

Even without a name, and not even a year old, the little joey has her work cut out for her.

She’ll join Paradise Country’s ‘Save A Mate’ Program, as an ambassador for her wild counterparts.

It’ll be her job to raise awareness and build conservation efforts for the rest of Australia’s wildlife! What a role!

With less than 250 Northern hairy-nose wombats remaining today, they are one of Australia’s most endangered animals.

So get on down to Paradise Country and visit their newest and cutest addition!