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Tasmanian Tales


Jelly would have to be one of the luckiest cats alive.

Nine-year-old Jelly spent some time yesterday walking around with a deadly Lowland Copperhead snake wrapped around her neck.

Owner Wendy Wallis said Jelly wandered back in to their property, which borders the creek at Sorell, about 11.30am yesterday carrying the snake with her.

She called wildlife rescuers who removed the snake.

‘Both the cat and the snake seemed quite happy,’ Ms Wallis said.

‘She didn’t show any signs of a bite last night, but this morning she was almost paralysed.

‘She’s at the Montrose vet at the moment being pumped full of anti-venom, but the vet says she’ll recover fully.’

Ms Wallis said she snapped the picture through a glass door, but didn’t dare open the door as the cat would have walked inside.”

(Via The Mercury)


Here’s one of the best videos we’ve found that features Tassie’s greatest surfing destination – the irrepressible Shipsterns Bluff.

Shipstern Bluff surf

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Found: A Tasmanian Tourist Bureau video advertisement from the 1980s … we wonder if they paid a commission to The Sound of Music?

fish for cash trout

A fine female rainbow trout weighing more than 6kg was released in Bradys Lake a week ago.

She’s shown above with Inland Fisheries Officer Brett Mawbey shortly before release.

Tasmanian anglers have a chance to catch her with the opening of the trout fishing season this weekend, and if they do there’s a bonus — she’s been tagged and is worth $1000.

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Dean Preston, a sound engineer from Sydney, obviously enjoyed his trip to Tasmania. Here’s his contribution ‘Spring in Tasmania’, courtesy of YouTube:

stoccata swordfighting

The sword of myth and legend became obsolete in the early 20th century with the disappearance of cavalry on the battlefield and the final abolition of duelling.

The weapons and practice of swordplay transformed into sport fencing, using lightweight, electrified sabres, epees and foils designed to score points, not injure.

So it would be difficult to imagine a more unlikely occupation at the beginning of the 21st century than professional swordsman, but Tasmanian Stephen Hand has made a sucessful career as a internationally recognised teacher, scholar, author, fight choreographer and practitioner of Medieval and Elizabethan sword fighting.

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Jack jumper ant guards nest

By MARIA FLETCHER | One of the world’s most deadly ants, Myrmecia pilosula — better known as the Jack Jumper, is native to Tasmania. The Jack Jumper (also called the Hopper) ant exists only in Australia and a close encounter can prove deadly to the more than 60,000 people who are allergic to its sting.

It is estimated that around 10 per cent of the Tasmanian population may be allergic to the Jack Jumper, with around 3 per cent suffering life threatening anaphylaxsis if attacked by the ant.

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