Anyway, the picture was cropped into a square. I'm not against cropping a picture, but if you are going to do it, you can make it more pleasing by choosing a nice composition for it.
My suggestion is to try and loose the blurry object in the right hand corner.
As for the blown out highlights due the flash, you can try spending some time in photoshop etc, and burn out the areas where the highlight are. you should get a more pleasing result after that.
For flash techniques you can try and external flash, with a diffuser or a bounce card.
Thanks! Yeah I agree the blurry object in the bottom right is rather distracting Adjusted composition. I'm not too worried about the composition though, I'm just trying to get a good pic of the animal. Tried photoshop but can only turn the highlights greyish Also a lil worried if the flash harmed the animal in any way.....