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- Geoff on VIDEO: Pixie the pup surprises sick ... With society up to its boots in politics and living in its own little world, this is what is really important. While we ... more
- Jennifer Williams on VIDEO: Pixie the pup surprises sick ... I think that puppy knows she is there for a very special reason. Four tissues later and I'm still going. Such a sad story, ... more
- LisaJ on VIDEO: Pixie the pup surprises sick ... Well done Neil and 3AW. Such a nice story after yesterdays news. more
- Helen on VIDEO: Pixie the pup surprises sick ... I'm sure Pixie will bring a lot of joy to Samantha, Ashley and the family at this difficult time for them all.Kind thoughts ... more
- andy on VIDEO: Pixie the pup surprises sick ... hope young pixie gives samantha a distaction from the other things going onthe 3 aw community has restored my faith in ... more
- carol on VIDEO: Pixie the pup surprises sick ... Driving while crying! kept looking across to see if I was not the only one, then a guy rang in and said he was doing exactly ... more
- paul on VIDEO: Pixie the pup surprises sick ... Hi Neil I've just watched the video of pixie being delivered. I have tears rolling you are a legend!!! Christmas WISHES to ... more
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- Carol on Special pup for family's last Christmas Well Done Neil!!This family are well deserving of this money and puppy!! Had me in years all morning! Beautiful bittersweet ... more
- jgl Melb on Tenant wins $1K over crappy loo A visit to the nearest Bunnings would've sorted this earth shattering problem.Then again the complainant wouldn't have ... more
- kes from central victoria on Special pup for family's last Christmas Wow, amazing. Just when you think nobody cares this happens....such sad circumstances when the bulldog pup,who is just ... more
- Debs on Tenant wins $1K over crappy loo What a crock of shite. You mean to say to me this guy couldn't go to Bunnings/Masters and fork out a measly $30 for a new ... more
- Marie on Special pup for family's last Christmas I cannot believe how this family have managed over the years with 2 of their 3 children so very sick. Being a mum myself I ... more
- Cere on Special pup for family's last Christmas Most amazing and so sad well done to Neil and everyone. The puppy is so beautiful and I know she will give all her love ... more
- Roma Vaccaro on Special pup for family's last Christmas I hope this little angel in the form of a pup brings the family much love and laughter. What a horrible thing for any ... more
- Debbie on Special pup for family's last Christmas Awesome response to an amazing family So happy they have a lil pup, she will certainly be very loved more
- Donny Blake on Special pup for family's last Christmas What a gorgeous little pup and will definitely go to a great home, although I am an one eyed boxer girl. more
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Koala Wonton Soup?
A Rumour File contributor sent in a photo to Ross and John of a Koala trapped in a cage in Guangdong Province, China this morning.
The caller said that koalas in Guangdong are illegally prepared for food along with other unusual critters like marmits.
However, the operation is by no means discrete as the koalas are openly displayed in street markets with price tags.
Towards the end of the program, another caller contended that the the caged animals aren't actually koalas, but an Asian 'Tree bear' of some type.
PLAY: Caller tells Ross and John what he saw in Guangdong Province, China
Is this a koala or not?
I'm in Chinese community news, and we investigated the matter. Our local team located the Restaurant and talked to the general manager, Ms Lin. The general manager has confirmed the sign does belong to their establishment and the animal in the picture was at one stage available for order. BUT, however, she is certain it was not a koala, she said the restaurant has never sold, nor could possibly sell koala "It (the koala) is a national treasure, how could we possible eat such a thing, and for such a cheap price!"
Their procurement manager, Mr Wang, explained the animal in the cage was a Chinese Bamboo Rat (Rhizomys sinensis). The animal was bought from a farm in Guangxi, bred specifically for consumption. He says the animals are about 5 or six kilos each, and carry a wholesale price of 40 odd Yuan (~5 AUD) a kilo.
He further explained why "koala" appeared on the sign. He said that the animals came with a delivery slip printed "tree bear" and Google Translate gave him the translation "koalas", "It never occurred to me that 'tree bear' could mean koala" said Mr Wang.
"Tree bear" is the term commonly used to refer to koala in Hong Kong and Macau. In mainland China Koala is referred to as "kao lai".Stuart Yuen Thursday 3 November, 2011 - 11:40 AM
Koala .... what koala? If that's a koala then I'm a camel. Take a look at the shape of the creature's head and overall body structure. But no matter what it is - the practice that it has become a part of is somewhat cruel, but then again no different than going into a top shelf restaurant here in Aust and choosing which live lobster you want prepared for your dinner.Peter Wednesday 2 November, 2011 - 10:57 AM
Does it matter, this is cruel.maggs Wednesday 2 November, 2011 - 7:02 AM
Have a look at the carrot, it's either a humongous carrot or then the "koala" is a midget.Ed Tuesday 1 November, 2011 - 11:35 PM
How much can a Koala-Bear?We are used to seeing these cute guys feasting on gum leaves.And now caged and ready for the pot...Bloody cruel l think.kathy Tuesday 1 November, 2011 - 11:01 PM
Kangaroos, crocodiles and emus are eaten in Australia, yes. But they are not threatened like the Koala is. Kangaroos need to be culled as they have reached plague proportions and they are the most sustainable meat available in Australia. The crocodiles and emus that are consumed are farmed for that purpose and cared for in a much better manner than that koala!Scott Tuesday 1 November, 2011 - 5:59 PM