Have you ever wanted to own a “different” pet? Do you want something other than a cat or dog? Well how about one of these weird but wonderful pets!

Australian Tarantula
  • live for anywhere from 5-25 years
  • don’t require much space
  • only need to be fed once or twice a week
  • unique and interesting
  • venomous - although their bite is not deadly to humans it will cause pain
  • won’t interact with humans 
     
    

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kookaburra_4blogLast week we found a Kookaburra in the middle of the road that had been hit by a car so we stopped and picked it up. The Kookaburra was is in shock but appeared to have no severe injuries.  I took him straight to our local vet clinic where they assessed him and monitored him for 24 hours. He was cleared by the vet who believed he was just stunned and in shock and we were able to successfully release him in the same area that he was found. Thankfully we found him before he got hit by another car, as he was stunned and could not fly, move or hold his head up.

Unfortunately it is not uncommon to see injured wildlife, particularly on the roads.
Here are some steps to follow if you find an injured wild animal or bird.

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Saint_Pattys_Day_4blogOn March 17th many people around the world will be wearing green and
cheerfully celebrating St Patricks Day.  When most people think of St Patricks Day they think of Ireland, green, leprechauns, shamrocks and of course Guinness and alcohol.  But what about the snakes?

Thats right, one of the legends of St Patrick revolves around banishing snakes from Ireland.  The legend says that St Patrick chased all the snakes from Ireland using a wooden stick or club.  The snakes were banished into the icy cold seas and never returned to Ireland.  Yes it is true that Ireland has no snakes, whether this is because it is infact an island surrounded by icy cold water and the snakes couldn’t make it there from the mainland, or the legend is true, you can decide.

If you are looking for a few ideas to help keep snakes away from your house and yard I suggest trying these, rather than chasing them with a big stick like St Patrick did.

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It was nearly four years ago when an unlikely friendship developed here on our farm, between our dog Lilly, a Magpie and a Chicken.

One day my husband was out in the paddock when he found a
young Magpie that had fallen from its nest.  With no parents in sight and crows hanging around he decided it best to bring the Magpie home for me to look after.  The little fella was still young, he had some of his adult flight feathers but still couldn’t fly properly.  We decided to keep him in a box and feed him until Monday when I could get the vet to give him a check up.  After a vet check up established he just needed a little time to grow his feathers we continued feeding him and looking after him.  He lived in the house and on our deck in a cage most of the time unless we took him out with us for a walk around the stables.  Our dog Lilly became very fond of Buckley, as we affectionately named him.  They would spend a lot of time sitting together and he would chirp and sing to her while she looked at him rather intrigued as to what he was doing.

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