22 Aug 2008

Baby whale put down, monkey goes AWOL

8:21 pm on 22 August 2008

Vets have put down the baby orphaned humpback whale dying of starvation in a Sydney waterway.

The vets, acting for the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service, administered a lethal dose of anaesthetic to the calf, affectionately nicknamed Colin.

The calf, which was afterwards found to be female, appeared on Sunday, nuzzling yachts in a search for its missing mother.

It was lured out to sea, but returned to the Pittwater area on Tuesday.

Missing monkey

Staff at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch are asking people to call if they see a missing Capuchin monkey.

The female, named Minty, has been missing since Wednesday, when a group was being transferred to a new enclosure.

She has a long tail, brown body and white face.

Willowbank says Minty is likely to be rummaging for food and seeking shelter so residents are being asked to be alert for any unusual activity on their properties.

Zebra dies in zoo

One of Wellington Zoo's two zebras, 11-year-old Zardi, was found dead in her enclosure on Friday morning.

It is thought she died of severe pneumonia, but a post-mortem will be conducted.

The zoo will not be replacing Zardi immediately, as no zebras are available in New Zealand and imports from Australia are restricted due to a recent outbreak of equine flu.