Sunday, 17 September 2006

The Tableland tattler

What I'm listening to right now: Rock the casbah by The Clash.

Here are a few Tablelands news stories that you might have missed.

The lion sneaks tonight
A lion escaped from the Out of Africa Lion and Animal Reserve at Mareeba last week when a worker at the park accidentally cut the fence with a brushcutter. Clearly, this wasn't a nylon cord whipper snipper. Or it was and the fence was made of brown paper and string.

Anyway, a lion made a break for it. (This hole in the fence was lion-sized apparently.) It only returned to the enclosure after a keeper made a lot of noise and tossed rocks in its general direction.

The animal was 'partly hand-reared' (whatever that means) and was 'friendly towards people'. Oh, don't worry, he's only playing.

I should cocoa
DPI and Mossman Sugar Mill are conducting research trials on cocoa at Mossman and South Johnstone. Haigh's chocolates are interested in sourcing Australian-grown beans for 'origin' chocolate.

Sounds good to me.

But this sounds fishy
Introduced Tilapia cause havoc in tropical waterways. Herberton Shire Council are concerned about a population in the second weir on the Wild River. The Herberton News reports that Dr Alan Webb from James Cook University is looking at ways of giving the fish the flick. As the council says in its Herberton Shire Happenings column: 'He plans to work with the DPI to develop an elimination plan so it will be interesting to see if he can come up with something of value.'

I'm sure it's just an unfortunate turn of phrase.

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