Rabbits are a big pest in Australia, although they look cute, cuddly and harmless.
They cost Australian Farmers around $200 million a year because some of their favourite foods are farmers crops.
These rabbits breed so fast that in 18 months, two rabbits turn into 184 fluff balls!!!
Kids from Australia are a part of a project called ‘Rabbit Scan’. The kids are trying to find out how many rabbits are in Australia. They learn about what to look for and then write down everything they find.
The flip side circus are kids that are school kids by day and acrobats, clowns and daredevils by night. They are all aged between10 and 17 years old. These kids train for at least 6 hours a week. Some have been doing it since they were really young but others started it when they were older. These kids have to do homework from school as well many hours of circus training.
The best thing about being in the circus for these kids is performing amazing acts on stage in front of an audience.
ARGH don’t you hate mozzies! When you get bitten by a mosquito it usually turns into an itchy lump. But not when you get Dengue fever. If you get bitten by a dengue fever mosquito it can cause you to end up in hospital or sick for a week with headaches, stomach aches and a lot more. These mozzies really love human blood and they are clever because they don’t make a buzzing noise, so they bite you without you noticing they are there. You usually get this from camping in the country where there’s a lot of dengue fever. If you get bitten by a dengue fever mosquito it can spread to many more people.
In Northern Queensland there have been more than 600 cases of Dengue fever since Christmas. In Northern Queensland people are checking backyards, dog bowls, drains and pipes to see if they are breeding anywhere in these places.
In Queensland they have ads warning people about the virus and are giving school kids free mozzie spray when they go outside.
The bush fires that have occurred recently in Victoria have not only effected families they have also effected native animals to Australia that live in the bush.
Wildlife Victoria volunteers have started a search and rescue for surviving animals that need to be taken in for treatment.They are now supplying food for those animals that have survived the fires but are starving because of the burnt out bush.
After the bush fires devastated Mirboo north on 7 February 2009 a CFA firefighter named David Tree rescued a bewildered and burnt koala. She has become Australia’s famous koala from surviving the fires. She has been given the name Sam. When David found Sam she was thirsty and had suffered badly from second and third degree burns on her paws.
Sam is now recovering from her burns in a wild life Center South East of Melbourne.
Kayla Cheasley 6A
The recent bush fires that have been in Victoria have effected many families in many different ways.
More than 200 people have been killed in the tragic bush fires and the death toll still may rise. Many people have lost their homes or loved ones. Victoria hasn’t suffered from a bush fire as tragic as this one since Ash Wednesday on 16 February 1983. This horrific fire on Saturday 7 February 2009 has been named Black Saturday.
On Sunday 22 February a National Day Of Mourning was held to remember the people that have lost their lives in the fire and to praise all the volunteers and firefighters for their amazing work.
Many people have given huge support and generous donations which will be a great help for the bush fire victims.
It makes me feel happy to see so many people helping the victims of the fires.
Kayla C 6A