Letters to the editor

May 23, 2018

A female Eastern-Grey Kangaroo shot with an arrow on Ulupna Island in the Murray River, near Cobram.

32-room bookstore, The Book Loft of German Village, Columbus, Ohio.

Appalling behaviour

A female eastern grey kangaroo shot with an arrow on Ulupna Island, along the Murray River, near Cobram, has had surgery to remove it..

The arrow had pierced through her pouch and was pinning the joey inside.

Licensed volunteer wildlife carer Kylee Donkers from the Dutch Thunder Wildlife Shelter said the arrow did not harm the joey.

‘‘But being pinned inside her mother’s pouch had reduced her ability to feed,’’ Ms Donkers said.

‘‘So far both mother and joey are in stable conditions, and will remain in our care, so we can monitor their recovery.’’

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is calling for information about the incident.

‘‘This is appalling behaviour and we are urging anyone with information to come forward,’’ DELWP program manager compliance operations Greg Chant said.

He said kangaroos were protected under the Wildlife Act 1975 and there were significant penalties for deliberately injuring or destroying protected wildlife, including imprisonment.

The maximum penalty for wilfully injuring protected wildlife is $3171.40.

The maximum penalty for hunting, taking or destroying protected wildlife is $7928 or six months imprisonment, or both.

‚óŹInformation can be provided anonymously to DELWP’s customer service centre on 136186 or Crime Stoppers on 1800300000.

Book your spot here

If you are longing to lose yourself in a good read and happen to find yourself in Columbus, Ohio, United States, you might consider getting lost in a 32-room bookstore, The Book Loft of German Village.

The independent bookstore, which opened more than 40 years ago, is a maze of literature, selling everything from the latest releases and bestsellers to children’s and bargain books, from manga and horror to history and memoir.

The Book Loft is south of downtown Columbus in the German Village neighbourhood, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The neighbourhood was settled extensively by German immigrants in the first half of the 1800s. It was considered a slum in the mid-20th century but thanks to revitalisation efforts is now one of Ohio’s most sought-after real estate postcodes.

Spiders make a name

What do a string theorist, a world-champion surfer and a famous Hollywood actor have in common?


As if we don’t have enough to worry about with snakes, sharks and deadly mushrooms, 23 new Australian species of spiders have recently been described by Queensland Museum arachnologist Robert Raven.

The recently-published paper in Memoirs of the Queensland Museum features a number of spiders including one named after actor Jack Nicholson, a water spider from the Gold Coast named after surfing legend Mick Fanning, one named for World Science Festival co-founder and string theorist Professor Brian Greene and others named after local legends, citizen scientists and natural fauna and flora.

An unwanted gift from Walt Disney World

An exotic frog which stowed away inside a suitcase travelled from the US to Tyne and Wear in northern England, aided by an unwitting family.

The little frog — about the size of a ping pong ball — jumped out as the Woods family unpacked their belongings after a trip to Florida in the southern US.

‘‘My wife was in hysterics when the frog jumped out of the suitcase,’’ Martin Woods said.

‘‘The children were amazed by it — you just don’t expect a stowaway to come out of your suitcase in the form of a frog.’’

The family caught the frog and confined it in a bowl of water, then called the RSPCA.

Mr Woods, his wife Ruby and their children had been staying at Walt Disney World.

They think the frog might have ended up in swimming shorts which had been hung out to dry.

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