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Giant African snail: Killed

A "baseball-sized" giant African snail A "baseball-sized" giant African snail that was found in Australia has been killed by country officials who say the animal posed a mammoth threat to local flora. "Giant African snails are one of the world's largest and most damaging land snails," Paul Nixon, acting regional manager at Australia's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, said in a statement, according to the Brisbane Times. "Australia’s strict biosecurity requirements and responsive system has so far kept these pests out of Australia and we want to keep it that way." According to Australia's ABC News, the large mollusk was recently found "crawling across the concrete at a Brisbane container yard." Seized and later identified as a giant African snail by entomologists, the animal has been "humanely destroyed" by biosecurity officers. Native to East Africa, giant African snails are considered by the

Giant African snail: Captured

A Giant African snail. Picture: Wikimedia Commons (cc) AUTHORITIES in Brisbane have destroyed a ‘baseball-sized’ Giant African snail after worries it could do severe damage to the country’s ecosystem. The snail, which can grow up to a foot (30cm) in length and weigh over two pounds (1kg), was found in a freight yard in the port city. Giant African snails are known to eat 500 different plants, fruits and crops. Australian agriculture officials were keen to avert a repeat of the last snail outbreak in 1977, when an eight-month campaign was waged to capture and destroy 300 of the snails. Australian biosecurity measures are notoriously strict, in order to protect

Liam Hemsworth Spotted in Australia as Miley Out Without Engagement Ring

Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus arrive at Australians In Film Awards & Benefit Dinner on June 27, 2012. Maybe distance makes the heart grow fonder? Liam Hemsworth's whereabouts this week are adding fuel to the flame -- while fiance Miley Cyrus stepped out without her 3.5-carat engagement ring two nights in a row, the Hunger Games star was spotted several thousand miles away in Australia. An eyewitness told E! News that a group of female fans spotted Hemsworth, 23, walking down Jonson Street in New South Wales' Byron Bay earlier this week and immediately started shrieking and running toward him. PHOTOS: Miley and Liam's love story The actor managed to duck into a nearby shop, but was later forced to reemerge into the street, where the fans were excitedly waiting. "He looked a bit angry with all the girls around him," the onlooker said. One day later, Hemsworth was spotted spending time with brother Chris Hemsworth, sister-in-