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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-17/leading-greyhound-figure-bob-smith-live-baiting-controversy/6131244

Four Corners ABC TV Monday 16 Feb 2015

I find it extremely interesting that Greyhound Racings Major Sponsor is Macro Meats.
Macro Meats would have been aware of the use of live animals to “blood” the Greyhounds.
Macro Meats support the “Australia World Record for undertaking the largest & cruelest Mass Murder of an animal.” Worse that the Canadian Seal Pup Clubbing”. Whale hunting, Dolphin slaughter at Taija Cove.
Aussies have been brainwashed and Kangaroos are scapegoats for the destruction of land from camels, cattle, rabbits, horses, sheep (introduced animals).

With “Drive by” shooting it is 100% impossible to kill ANY kangaroos humanely.
Pay attention to the second shooter.
Kills a protected Roo
The furred joey they remove from the pouch and he comments “it is just being a slacker for sitting in Mum’s pouch”, he/she was NOT old enough to even be having a very short time out of the pouch and would still be drinking milk for at least 12 more month.
Then there is the “pinkie” that the shooter stomps on & then his son.
The boy swings & bashing a lightly furred joey on a bumper.
Notice the alive & still moving Roos hanging by the hock.
Russia was the biggest importer of Kangaroo meat. They stopped when they realised that eating kangaroo meat can cause death, causes birth defects of unborn babies.

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KANGAROO FAMILIES

by TIGA WILLIAMS, NSW

I have been living with and observing kangaroos for almost 35 years. During this time I have witnessed first hand how strong and vitally important the family dynamics are of the Kangaroo. How a mob survives is based not only on food, water and habitat but the incredibly strong social and family dynamics within the mob.

I have sadly witnessed how the entire genetic pool of kangaroos can be destroyed by shooting, development and the myriad of threats now impacting on kangaroos.

Kangaroos are a matriarchal society. Does (females) will always stay with their matriarchal blood lines. If they are separated from that line they will become solitary. Bucks will stay with their mothers until they are 3 to 4 years of age, and then go and find their own mob away from the genetic lines of their mother.

If a doe gives birth to a female she will stay with her mother forever. That joey, once out of the pouch is then drinking from the same pouch that her sibling is now developing in. Not only is the mother kangaroo in constant contact with their newborn, but so is the at-foot joey in constant contact with their sibling. It might seem hard to imagine, but it would be like being able to touch, feed, love and feel your embryo at only 30 days from conception. Imagine being able to open a zipper into your womb and clean, bond , feed, toilet, smell and love your baby, and that tiny undeveloped foetus is able to smell feel and love not only it’s mother but siblings as well.

The first born joey is as protective over the 2nd joey and so on as the mother. Her maternal instinct, even though she is not of breeding age, is inherent in the protection, care and love of her sibling.

I have witnessed first hand countless times a young at-foot joey be approached by other emerging joeys be it her cousins or ‘step siblings’, and she will give them a smack across the head and chase them away. When her full blooded sister approaches her they will smell each other and then hug and kiss one another for a long time.

This happens several times a day. If the young emerging joey loses mother. Her maternal instinct, even though she is not of breeding age, is inherent in the protection, care and love of her sibling.

I have witnessed first hand countless times a young at-foot joey be approached by other emerging joeys be it her cousins or ‘step siblings’, and she will give them a smack across the head and chase them away. When her full blooded sister approaches her they will smell each other and then hug and kiss one another for a long time. This happens several times a day. If the young emerging joey loses her mother and calls in distress, not only does her mother react but her older sibling will instantly react and come looking for her, often getting to the youngster before the mother does. I have also known of sisters protecting younger ones when they’re injured. Older siblings and the mother will guard and protect injured joeys and have been known to attack predators or even humans trying to rescue the youngster, if they are caught in a fence for example. I have many mothers with all their babies on my property and they always stay together. They sleep together, graze together and will panic and become very distraught if separated from each other. Often the older joey who is as big as her mum, will still sneak a drink from her mothers pouch.

I have also witnessed first hand when the mother is separated from the young ones, the siblings will stay together in one spot almost ‘holding hands’ waiting for their mother to come and find them. When she appears they spend a long time reuniting, kissing, hugging and grooming each other.

This behavior alone is evidence enough of the strong social dynamics within the family let alone the love and care they show for each other.

The breeding bucks will always come back to the does they have impregnated in the past. They seem to know instinctively when she will be in season again, and in some ways they never forget their ‘first loves’. They can have a huge territory and spend their time going from one matriarchal mob to another. The bucks who come and impregnate does around my property can spend up to 6 months away at a time. When they return they are instantly greeted by their sons. I have witnessed on many occasions when the “father” arrives, his young sons will run straight up to him. Only his sons greet him this way.

I have had wild does join my mob which I thought strange, until I notice they are visited by one of my older does first born sons. The doe joining the mob is carrying this particular buck’s joey and she has instinctively found the matriarchal grandmother and come to have her joey be brought up by that lineage. I wouldn’t have believed this to be witnessed on many occasions when the “father” arrives, his young sons will run straight up to him. Only his sons greet him this way.

I have had wild does join my mob which I thought strange, until I notice they are visited by one of my older does first born sons. The doe joining the mob is carrying this particular buck’s joey and she has instinctively found the matriarchal grandmother and come to have her joey be brought up by that lineage. I wouldn’t have believed this to be true until I witnessed it time and time again.

I have no doubt that kangaroos have extremely complex family structures and family bonds that are equal to if not superseded by our own.

For anyone to go in and randomly shoot any kangaroos, has horrendous effects on the rest of the mob, and especially surviving relatives. I have witnessed that stress and grief in mobs time and time again. Kangaroos are not solitary animals, they live and thrive as a family and as a mob. The grief and loss they experience is no different to if someone came in and gunned down your mother, your sister, your father, your son or your daughter. I have known kangaroos to just wither away and slowly die when they have lost their loved ones, just like we would do if it happened to us.

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AA Medicine of Australian Mammals

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I wonder how many Carers and Vets in Australia have this book?

 

AA Pathology

 

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In 1986, the United Way attempted to break the world record for balloon launches, by releasing 1.5 million balloons in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

Balloon Release 1

On Thursday 26th April 2007 Tuesday would have reached her 22nd birthday and in memory of her The Tuesday O’Hara Fund held a Memorial Balloon release. Baby blue and white were Tuesday’s favourite colours, it was therefore fitting that a mixture of 300 blue and white balloons were released into the sky from the end of Eastbourne Pier UK and simultaneously balloons were released in Glasgow, Scotland and Havana, Cuba.

Balloon Release 2

Balloon Release – Don’t Let Go

Have you every wondered about what happens to the balloons YOU or other release into the sky?

Have you consider the pollution and life threatening damage that is done to both land & marine animals? What happens with the ribbon/string? What happens with the plastic clip on the base of the balloon?

If you want to know PLEASE read on and watch the You Tube Video.

Beach litter surveys have shown the amount of balloons and balloon pieces found on the beach have tripled in the past 10 years. We’ve witnessed this increase firsthand, cleaning the beaches since we were little children in the early ’90s, we would rarely find them back then.

While some balloons burst, others just gradually deflate. But they all fall back down to earth where they can wreak havoc on wildlife on land, sea, and air.

Dolphins, whales, turtles, and many other marine species, as well as terrestrial animals such as cows, dogs, sheep, tortoises, birds and other animals have all been hurt or killed by balloons. The animal is usually killed from the balloon blocking its digestive tract, leaving them unable to take in any more nutrients. It slowly starves to death. The animals can also become entangled in the balloon and its ribbon making the animal unable to move or eat.

Sea turtles are particularly at risk because they naturally prey on jellies, which balloons can easily be mistaken for, even with human eyes.

Some states and countries have enacted laws regarding the release of balloons. The Balloon Council, and other balloon industry entities, spend millions of dollars lobbying to keep balloon releases legal. This multi-billion dollar industry encourages consumers to litter with their product. Releasing balloon should be included in already exsisting litter laws, after all, it’s simply littering. Check out balloon laws to learn more and find out how to help.
Balloons can take years to break down, even the so-called “biodegradable” latex ones. This gives plenty of time for it to travel and encounter many animals that may mistake it for a tasty snack, or accidentally get entangled in it.
Balloon Laws
Mass balloon releases are illegal in several states, cities, and countries. Releasing balloons and sky lanterns should be illegal everywhere, because after all, it is simply littering.

States that have laws: California, Connecticut, Florida, New York, Tennessee and Virginia.
Cities that have laws: Ocean City, Maryland; Louisville, Kentucky; Huntsville, Alabama; San Francisco, California; and Baltimore, Maryland.

Laws in other countries: Plymouth-UK, New South Wales-Australia, Sunshine Coast-Queensland-Australia.

Come on the rest of Australia follow NSW example. Show that animals are important.

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Lynda Stakers new Manual 2014 Macropod Husbandry, Healthcare & Medicinals

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Kangaroo Reproductive System

Female Kangaroos have the most special and unique reproductive system of any animal on Earth. They can have up to 3 joeys dependant on them at any time. Kangaroos have 4 teats that are capable of producing different types of milk for the different stages of development of each joey.
** 1 “at Foot” joey (approx 10 mths old) that will stick it’s head in the pouch find his/her teat have a drink of milk every 1.5 to 2 hours. Kangaroo joeys drink milk for approx 14 to 18 mths. This joey no longer somersault into the pouch but stays close to Mum.
** 1 “Pinkie” or pouch joey. This joey is born at approx 2 grams ( .07 ounce) and stays completely until approx 8 mths old & then gets in & out for the next 2 mths.
** 1 A neonate that emerges after approx 33 days. Usually only one young is born at a time (I have hand raised Orphaned twin Red Neck Wallabies – Marty & Nathan). It is blind, hairless, and only a few centimetres long. Its hind legs are mere stumps; it instead uses its more developed forelegs to climb its way through the thick fur on its mother’s abdomen into the pouch, which takes about three to five minutes. Once in the pouch, it fastens onto one of the teats, it mouth “SEALING” around the teat and starts to feed.
It is ESSENTIAL to NEVER pull a pinkie joey out of the pouch & off the teat.
The neonatal joey’s growth can be embryonic diapaused, put on hold (dormant blastocyst) if her in pouch joey is not ready to become an “at foot joey” or if the environment is in drought conditions etc.

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