Animals

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It's a Nationally Endangered bird and has taken out the 2017 title.

The cheeky kea takes out the tough Bird of the Year competition

It's been a record-breaking campaign not without scandal.

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Willy the Whale at Hahei Beach joined the group for a frolic in the sea today, but they weren't sticking around.

Watch: Killer whale receives mixed reaction from Coromandel beach goers

About four Orca visited nearby Hot Water Beach with Surf Life Savers keeping a close eye.

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A pair of wild boars injured at least four people in the northern German town of Heide.

Watch: German town terrorised by pair of rampaging boars

A pair of wild boars have injured at least four people in the northern German town of Heide.

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An immense wild bear has been caught window gazing in a California shopping strip at night by a US police patrolman.

'Hey big boy, don't be breaking into any of 'em businesses' – huge brown bear spotted wandering down US street

An immense wild bear has been caught window gazing in a California shopping strip.

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A genetic study of thousands of fish in and around Goat Island Marine Reserve north of Auckland has found it is acting as a nursery.

Watch: Scientists prove marine reserves boosting snapper numbers in NZ waters

Findings show the reserve is contributing significantly to the population outside its borders.

Watch: SAFE releases fictional 'dog roping rodeo' video in bid to highlight cruelty of NZ rodeo season

They say farm animals are "subjected to stress and fear in the name of entertainment."

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Video: 'That's a house cat!' Live cross goes brilliantly wrong for TV reporter on hunt for large cougar

"There have been spottings of a cougar. And that's not it," declares reporter Scott Madus at the scene in Mississippi.

Watch: Spooked young koala hitches quad bike ride to escape farm dogs

"I'm just giving him a ride back to the dairy," the Aussie farmer said of his furry close encounter.

Wellington police dog Hades dies from cancer hours after finishing last shift

Aged nine, Hades apprehended hundreds of criminals in his five years on the beat.

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The creature, called Velella, float where the wind takes them and have washed up in massive numbers on Makara Beach, Wellington.

Video: Millions of blue jellyfish like creatures on Wellington beaches

The creature, called Velella, float where the wind takes them and have washed up in massive numbers on Makara Beach.

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Qoobo is a therapeutic toy that is basically a pillow with a wagging tail.

'It looks strange and it looks super creepy' – Breakfast crew grossed out by 'fake cat'

Qoobo is a therapeutic toy that is basically a pillow with a wagging tail.

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More than 100 votes for the Matuku Moana came from the same IP address in Christchurch.

Scandal rocks Bird of the Year competition after white-faced heron collects fraudulent votes

The organisers aren't mad, they're just impressed someone cares that much.

Newly discovered NZ native wasp named after Harry Potter character

Despite being named after a villain, they are a lot nicer than other wasps.

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A NZ charity called DOG-abled has united seven-year-old Cole, who has cerebral palsy, with his beloved black lab reading companion Django.

'Dogs are non-judgemental' – canine reading pals provide much needed confidence to disabled kids

A charity has united Cole, who has cerebral palsy, with black lab Django to help him read.

'What an amazing sight to see' – first whale spotted since Monday’s massive quake lifts Kaikoura's spirits

Fourteen-metre long whale removed from bow of container ship in Tauranga

It's unknown if the whale was struck by the ship in the harbour, or at sea.

Watch: Amazing new footage shows babies playing with snakes without fear

It's not irresponsible parenting, however, but a BBC experiment.

Farmer fined for neglecting sheep after dozens found dead

The Waihi District Court has also banned the Hauraki farmer from owning a large number of sheep.

Meet Mo Rickert, the record-breaking dog with a giant 18.5cm-long tongue

Her talents include licking peanut butter off the top of her face.

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The cuddly koala scaled the enormous rig in Adelaide and then refused to budge.

Watch: Scared koala rescued from top of massive drilling rig after taking refuge from busy road

The cuddly koala scaled the enormous rig in Adelaide and then refused to budge.

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The Californian woman is taking care of the dogs left behind after their owners fled the rumbling volcano.

Woman rescues dogs left behind in danger zone of Bali's menacing volcano

Around 70 dogs have already been housed in a pig farm-turned shelter.

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Unlike most fish jellyfish are thriving in warmer waters and pollution caused by climate change, so one chef's on a pest control mission.

Wellington chef serves up jellyfish in effort to combat overpopulation

Pollution and warmer waters caused by climate change are seeing jellyfish thrive while other fish struggle.

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Kiwi farmers are concerned the claim is harming our already struggling wool industry.

Animal rights groups call for boycott of wool, alleging 'substantial stress and suffering' for sheep

Kiwi farmers are concerned the claim is harming our already struggling wool industry.

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The world's only alpine parrot is a focus of a new study which suggests their mischief helps them learn about the world.

'They are very similar to people' – study finds curious kea learn and solves problems

Their mischief helps them learn about the world, it's been found.

Watch: Woolly stars hit red carpet in London for premiere of 'dullest movie ever made'

The eight-hour Baa Baa Land, features rising stars Ram Gosling and Emmmaaa Stone.

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