Odd Spot: Dead Monkey in NZ Shipping Container
A dead monkey in a shipping container saw biosecurity officers swing into action in Whāngārei, New Zealand. A staff member at BBS Timbers found the dehydrated monkey body squeezed between sawn timber packs upon opening the container. The fumigated container had arrived from Guyana. The facility quickly alerted Biosecurity New Zealand, which advised how to remove the monkey. A biosecurity officer followed up with an inspection and picked up the body for disposal. "The whole response worked extremely well. We were contacted by the business very early and our officers quickly jumped into gear," says Biosecurity New Zealand spokesperson Stu Rawnsley. Source: Hey, hey, it's a monkey!
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PUBLIC NOTICE – Australian Bushfires
RFA Regulatory Affairs would like to thank all our readers, colleagues and concerned friends for their many levels of support that they have conveyed to us over recent summer months. We much appreciate it.
As you may know, record-breaking temperatures and years of severe drought have fuelled a series of massive bushfires across south-east Australia. Although recent cooler conditions and rain have brought some respite, more than 60 fires are still burning in the states of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Hot and windy conditions are forecast to return to many parts of New South Wales this week. Some 30 people have so far been killed - including four firefighters - and more than 10 million hectares (100,000 sq km or 24.7 million acres) of bush, forest and parks across Australia has burned.
This long hot summer is far from over. While our Sydney office is in no danger, it seems that all our staff know someone personally affected by this environmental disaster. Thank you all for your patience, thoughts and best wishes in these difficult times.