Rare white koala born at Australian zoo

This undated handout from the Australia Zoo received on August 22, 2017 shows a white koala joey on her mother Tia at the Australia Zoo on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. The female joey's extremely pale colouration is caused by a recessive gene and thought to be inherited from her mother Tia who has had other pale coloured joeys in the past. The joey is yet to be named with Tourism Australia set to encourage naming suggestions. (AFP)
Updated 22 August 2017
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Rare white koala born at Australian zoo

SYDNEY: A koala at an Australian zoo has given birth to a rare white joey, staff announced Tuesday.
Handlers at the Australia Zoo on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast say the pale animal born in January owes its white fur to a recessive gene inherited from mother Tia.
The mother has given birth to light-colored joeys in the past.
“In veterinary science it’s often referred to as the ‘silvering gene’ where animals are born with white or very pale fur and, just like baby teeth, they eventually shed their baby fur and the regular adult coloration comes through,” said the zoo’s wildlife hospital director Rosie Booth in a statement.
Koala fur differs in color — from light grey to brown — depending on their environment. Animals in the south of Australia tend to have thicker and darker fur than those in the north.
But a white koala is incredibly rare, Booth said, and “quite unfortunate” if born in the wild, since it is more visible to predators.
The much-loved koala has been under increasing threat across Australia in recent decades, particularly from habitat loss, disease, dog attacks and bushfires.
The joey is yet to be named and Tourism Australia is set to encourage suggestions.


Brazil breathes sigh of relief over Neymar's hairdo change

Neymar's hair is the talk of Brazil. (AFP)
Updated 19 June 2018
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Brazil breathes sigh of relief over Neymar's hairdo change

  • The look sent Brazilian social media’s ruthless meme machine into overdrive, juxtaposing Neymar alongside everything from a lookalike llama to the contents of a Pot Noodle or a packet of angel hair pasta

RIO DE JANEIRO: Neymar is famous for his stepovers, but it was his World Cup hair do-over that really got Brazilians talking Tuesday.
The world’s most expensive footballer was underwhelming in Brazil’s 1-1 World Cup opener against Switzerland on Sunday.
His coif, however, featuring shaved sides and a blond-dyed mop at the front, was unmissable.
The look sent Brazilian social media’s ruthless meme machine into overdrive, juxtaposing Neymar alongside everything from a lookalike llama to the contents of a Pot Noodle or a packet of angel hair pasta.
“The Brazilian star went onto the field disguised as a cockatoo,” the Meia Hora tabloid wrote on its front page.
Many questioned, in all seriousness, whether Neymar hadn’t been put off his game by thinking too much about his hair.
So there was national relief when the superstar was photographed at the team’s Sochi base with the offending noodles-feathers part of his hair snipped off.
“After criticisms, Neymar gets rid of his controversial haircut,” the celebrity news site popzone.tv wrote.
“It could be superstition or just coincidence, but Neymar has decided to change his look again after the 1-1 draw,” the leading globoesporte site said.
But there could be more surprises to come.
Estadao newspaper reported that Neymar brought two hairdressers with him to Russia: Nariko, who does the cutting, and Wagner Tenorio, who handles the coloring.