Ricky Gervais shoots back at giraffe huntress on Twitter
Comedian Ricky Gervais has launched an online attack against female hunter Rebecca Francis. The animal rights supporter tweeted a photo of Francis lying next to a dead giraffe, captioned: “What must’ve happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal then lie next to it smiling?” The post started a worldwide Twitter campaign against the “extreme huntress”. Francis has since responded, claiming the giraffe was killed upon request of locals. Francis said she “chose to honour his life” after “he was kicked out of his herd… and close to death”.
Fanfare for new Star Wars film trailer
The newly unveiled trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has excited fans across the world with appearances from iconic characters Han Solo and Chewbacca. The trailer ended with the recognisable voice of Harrison Ford as his character Solo: “Chewie, we’re home.” The movie, due to be released in mid-December, attracted much attention on Twitter as the hashtags #ChewieWereHome and #StarWars went viral soon after the premiere of the trailer.
Aussies flock online to download newest seasons of Game of Thrones
Australian fans have swarmed online to illegally access leaked episodes from Game of Thrones season five, despite the recent verdict in the Dallas Buyers Club piracy case. The TV series had been downloaded domestically nearly 150,000 times, ranking Australia fourth in the world, according to statistics from a piracy tracking firm. The first four episodes of the popular series were leaked online 24 hours prior to the premiere last Sunday night in the US.
Miriam Margolyes backs endangered tiger quolls
Miriam Margolyes has joined NSW private landowners to partner with environmental groups in a bid to maintain the natural habitats of endangered species on their private properties. Working with the Nature Conservation Trust (NCT), the British-born Australian actor applied for an in-perpetuity conservation agreement for her Southern Highlands property to protect the threatened tiger quoll. “It’s like a very big naughty squirrel and it’s got a long tail and little claws and a very sweet inquisitive face,” she said. “Ninety per cent of wild animals are on private land. We tend to think, ‘let the national parks take care of wildlife, it’s their business.’ I think that’s quite wrong.” – Compiled by web sources by Alison Cheung
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