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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Wildlife Clinics

Female Big Red Kangaroo

The Wildlife Clinics at Taronga and Western Plains Zoos care for over 1,500 native animals each year. These animals are brought to the clinics by members of the community after being found sick, injured or orphaned. The main aim of the Wildlife Clinics at Taronga and Western Plains Zoos is to rehabilitate as many native animals as possible back to the wild. The range of animals that are treated is enormous, ranging from stranded seals and orphaned baby bats, to pelicans tangled in fishing line. All these animals need immediate professional care and attention before they can be rehabilitated and returned to their natural environment. The clinics at both Taronga and Western Plains Zoos provide a high standard of veterinary expertise in the care of native animals and are well equipped with the latest veterinary facilities. When an animal arrives at the clinic it is immediately examined by a zoo veterinarian and its condition assessed. Whenever possible the rescuer is involved in the eventual release of the animal. Each animal receives a record sheet, on which details of its encounter, treatment and progress during rehabilitation are entered. Prior to release into its former habitat, or a similar one, mammals are ear tagged and in some cases radio tracked, and birds are leg banded to identify them as former Wildlife Clinic patients. In this way it is hoped that further information can be gained on survival rates and post-release behaviour. Some animals arrive as orphans and require hand-rearing by Zoo staff. If the orphaned animal is unsuitable for release, it may be kept at Taronga or Western Plains Zoos’ Education Centres where children can increase their understanding of Australian native fauna.

Wildlife Road Safety Tips

Drive carefully at dawn and dusk when many animals are active.
Check the pouches of dead animals for joeys which sometime remain uninjured.
Remove dead animals from the road as they attract meat-eating animals which then may be hit by a car.

First Aid for Injured Animals

Place unconscious animals on their side.
Keep the animal warm and quiet
Small orphans (pouch young) can be wrapped up and placed inside clothing to provide warmth.
Stop bleeding with a pressure bandage
Keep the animal away from young children, domestic pets and loud noises
Don’t handle more than necessary
Don’t pet the animal

Transport

Transport to the Wildlife Clinic, a veterinarian or wildlife carer as quickly as possible
Place the animal on its side on the floor of the vehicle (if immobile) or in a cardboard box (with lots of ventilation holes and towels on the bottom), wrap it in a towel or place in a pillow case

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Alanis Morissette

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One of the singers I admire the most is Alanis Morissette, I just love her songs, her writing, her album Jagged Little Pill came out the year I was going threw my divorce. Working in my new house, I played that album so much, I still surprised that my new neighbours did not complain. Alanis is born 1st of June 1974 in Ottawa Ontario, can you image that she played the piano since she was 6 years old and started to write her own songs by the time she was 9. When she is 11 years she releases her first single “Fate stay with me”, written by herself off cause. In 1991 she releases her first album “Alanis”, the single “Too Hot” enters the Top 10 in Canada. She gets two times platinum for this album and in 1992 she wins a “Juno” for most promising new singer. Her second album “Now is the time” is not as strong as her first and she looses her recording contract, and it looks for a moment that this was it for her. She moves to Toronto and hopes to be able to stay in the business, but with out resold, than she moves to Los Angeles, and finds producer Glenn Ballard, and it clicks between them. They start writing right away and her songs become more personal and very open. She visits a few record companies and finally she signed with Madonna’s new label “Maverick”. Than in 1995 “Jagged Little Pill”comes out, and the songs “You oughta know”, “Hand in my pocket”, “All I really want”, “Ironic”, “You Learn”, “Head over Feet”, she sells over 30 million albums and from the 6 Granny nominations she wins 4. She was in Holland in May 1996, at Pinkpop, that’s in the South of Holland were I live. And I would have loved to go, but considering I was divorced and just started a new job, it was impossible for me to go. But I watched it on tevee off cause. She is tiered after touring for one and a half years, and diced to go pack packing in India and here she finds the inspiration for a new album, even more open and personal “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie”, again she sales over 7 million albums. She makes a MTV unplugged series and she plays a small part in a movie. “Under rug Swept” another album I love, comes out in 2001, and “So-called Chaos” in 2004, she has cut off her long hair, and is in love with actor Ryan Reynolds.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Midnight Oil

Australia’s Midnight Oil brought a new sense of political and social immediacy to pop music: not only did incendiary hits like “Beds Are Burning” and “Blue Sky Mine” bring global attention to the plight of, respectively, aboriginal settlers and impoverished workers, but the group also put its money where its mouth was — in addition to mounting benefit performances for groups like Greenpeace and Save the Whales, frontman Peter Garrett even ran for the Australian Senate on the Nuclear Disarmament Party ticket. The band formed in Sydney in 1971 as Farm, and originally comprised guitarists Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey, drummer Rob Hirst and bassist Andrew “Bear” James; Garrett, a law student known for his seven-foot-tall stature and shaven head, assumed vocal duties in 1975, and the group soon rechristened itself Midnight Oil. After months of sporadic gigs, they began making the rounds to area record companies; following a string of rejections, the group formed its own label, Powderworks, and issued their self-titled debut — a taut, impassioned collection of guitar rock which quickly established the Midnight Oil sound — in 1978.  After declaring their independence from the music industry, the Oils grew increasingly active and outspoken in the political arena; after performing in opposition to uranium mining, they supported the Tibet Council before turning their attentions to the unfair practices of the local music industry, and formed their own booking agency in response to the monopoly exerted by area agents and promoters. With their 1979 sophomore effort Head Injuries, the band scored their first hit single, “Cold Cold Change,” and earned a gold record. James left the band the following year due to health problems; with new bassist Peter Gifford, they cut the EP Bird Noises, another chart success.  The aborigines’ plight came to the fore on 1987’s Diesel and Dust, the Oils’ breakthrough record; sparked by the hit single “Beds Are Burning,” the album reached the U.S. Top 20 and made the band a household commodity. After bassist Dwayne “Bones” Hillman (ex-Swingers) replaced Gifford, Midnight Oil returned with 1990’s Blue Sky Mining, which they followed with a concert outside of the Exxon corporation’s Manhattan offices in protest the company’s handling of the Alaskan oil spill. (A film of the performance titled Black Rain Falls was later released, with profits going to Greenpeace.) The album Earth and Sun and Moon appeared in 1993, followed three years later by Breathe. Midnight Oil next resurfaced in 1998 with Redneck Wonderland. The Real Thing, only available in Australia, followed in 2001. It was a solid collection of new songs and live tracks from Midnight Oil’s magnificent run at the Metro Theatre in Sydney. Capricornia, issued on Liquid 8 in spring 2002, marked the band’s 14th album of their career. In December, Peter Garrett announced his split from the band after 25 years. Garrett, who left Midnight Oil on good terms, wished to pursue other challenges

    

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