Watch: Model breastfeeds baby as she walks down runway at Sports Illustrated show

A model drew a positive reaction from the crowd as she breastfed her baby daughter while strutting her stuff down the catwalk during a swimsuit show in Miami, Florida.

Mara Martin was one of the finalists taking part in the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swim Search show for Miami Swim Week.

Martin confidently strode down the runway wearing a huge smile as she breastfed her five-month-old daughter Aria while the crowd cheered her on.

The model posted a picture to Instagram to celebrate becoming a finalist yesterday.

She also posted on Instagram about the attention her runway appearance with Aria has received from media.

"I can't believe I am waking up to headlines with me and my daughter in them for doing something I do every day," she wrote on her Instagram.

"It is truly so humbling and unreal to say the least. I'm so grateful to be able to share this message and hopefully normalize breastfeeding and also show others that women CAN DO IT ALL!"

"But to be honest, the real reason I can’t believe it is a headline is because it shouldn’t be a headline! My story of being a mother and feeding her while walking is just that. Last night there are far more deserving headlines that our world should see."

New species of venomous snake discovered in Australia under threat from mining

A new species of venomous snake has been discovered in Queensland but scientists fear it may already be at risk of extinction.

The newest member of the Bandy Bandy snake family, named Vermicella Parscauda, has been found at Weipa on Cape York Peninsula, near Rio Tinto's bauxite mining operations.

University of Queensland biologist Bryan Fry found the snake on a loading wharf, with the discovery detailed in a new paper published in the international journal Zootaxa.

"Just looking at it, we knew it was a new species immediately just because of how many bands it had," Professor Fry has told AAP.

"It was right next to the big ship loader where they are loading all the rocks and soil they'd scooped up during the bauxite mining."

Other specimens were found during a subsequent search.

"They are living in the exact habitat that is being scooped up for bauxite mining," he said.

Only six specimens of the new snake have been found.

Prof Fry believes they may only be living in the mining area, and that could mean trouble for the species.

"Bauxite mining is a major economic activity in the region, and it may be reshaping the environment to the detriment of native plants and animals," he said.

"Every species is precious and we need to protect them all, since we can't predict where the next wonder-drug will come from."

Modified snake toxins are already used in pharmaceutical products, including the blood pressure medication Captopril, which generates $10 billion in sales each year.

The new snake species is about 30-40cm long, and features thin white bands, and fatter black bands along its body.

There are now five recognised species of the Bandy Bandy genus, all in Australia.

Vermicella Parscauda. Source: Bryan Fry


Plane abandons take-off at Sydney airport after warning light in cockpit

A plane bound for Uluru out of Sydney Airport had to abandon its take-off after a warning light came on in the cockpit.

Emergency services escorted the Virgin Australia aircraft back to the gate on Tuesday morning (local time) where passengers disembarked.

NSW Ambulance initially said it was responding to reports of a fire but a Virgin spokeswoman insisted there was no fire or smoke.

"However, in line with standard operating procedures, the captain returned to the gate as a precautionary measure, escorted by emergency services," she said in a statement.

A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman told AAP a number of crews attended but there were no reported injuries.

Melbourne, Australia - April 26, 2016: View of Virgin aircraft approaching to landing at Melbourne Airport during daytime. Virgin Atlantic is a British airline with its headquarters in the United Kingdom.
Virgin Australia plane (file picture). Source: