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Pet cockatoo gives clue to evolution Pet cockatoo gives clue to evolution

A pet cockatoo which can successfully bob its head in time to music it has never heard before has helped researchers at Harvard University in their studies of evolution. Scientists believe that Snowball, a member of the parrot family, ...

Stray cat finds faith at church Stray cat finds faith at church

A stray cat has been adopted by Southwark Cathedral, the South London Press reports. The tabby, christened Doorkins Magnificat for his habit of waiting to be let in each morning, turned up at the cathedral over Christmas. Staff ...

Warm weather blamed for dog danger Warm weather blamed for dog danger

Two dogs had to be rescued by coastguards in two separate incidents on Sunday (April 4th) after pet owners flocked to cliff tops to walk their animals in the good weather. At 11:20 BST a Jack Russell needed help at Portland Bill, ...

Rare baby tortoises stolen from garden show Rare baby tortoises stolen from garden show

A tortoise garden was raided by a thief masquerading as a visitor on Friday. The garden in Sticker, Cornwall, is home to 450 of the reptiles, which are worth up to £1,500 on the black market, and co-owner Joy Bloor said they ...

Hapless cat stuck in car engine Hapless cat stuck in car engine

Fire-fighters have dismantled a car to free a cat which crawled into its engine to retreat after tumbling from a second storey window in West Sussex. The cat, Napoleon, fell out of the apartment of its owner Angela Atkinson while ...

Behavioural problems in pets increases in line with recession Behavioural problems in pets increases in line with recession

Over 3.35 million pet owners have said that they have witnessed behavioural problems in their cats and dogs in the last year. A new survey by Sainsbury's Finance found that one in five cat and dog owners has seen their pet demonstrate ...

Cat film selected for Cannes Cat film selected for Cannes

A short film featuring a man from Yorkshire sprinting against his one-eyed cat has been selected to be screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Martin Humphries is a parish councillor in his home village of Wrose of Shipley ...

Cat adoption day proves to be a success Cat adoption day proves to be a success

A cat adoption day held by the Cats Protection branch in Southend has been hailed as resounding success after all the animals on show found new homes. The Echo reports that last weekend's event, at St Michael and All Angels Church, ...

Unwanted pets offloaded on recycling website Unwanted pets offloaded on recycling website

A website designed to prevent household goods ending up in landfill is being used to get rid of unwanted cats, the Cumberland News has reported. Cats and guinea pigs are being offered on the Carlisle Freecycle website and Animal ...

Dog left 100,000 in will Dog left 100,000 in will

A former mayor who died in December has left her fox terrier £100,000 to make sure it is cared for now that she is no longer here to look after it. Win Frankland, a retired headteacher who was the mayor of Hyndburn in Lancashire, ...

Fake lounge set up to prepare re-homed dogs Fake lounge set up to prepare re-homed dogs

Dogs waiting to be re-homed at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in Leybourne, Kent, are being prepared for living in a real home. A lounge has been set up in a portable building by the charity, with ...

Parrot saves toddler from choking; wins award Parrot saves toddler from choking; wins award

A pet parrot from Denver, US, has saved a little girl from choking by alerting her carer through cries for help, and has been awarded the Red Cross Animal Lifesaver award for his actions. Willie, a Quaker parrot was left in the room ...

Sunderland Pets Snag 500 Sunderland Pets Snag 500

Pawz For Thought in Sunderland has won a valuable donation of 500 from pet insurance provider, Petplan ...

Dog rescued from washing machine Dog rescued from washing machine

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has rescued a pet dog which got its head stuck in a washing machine vent. Molly, a ten-week-old Labrador Springer Spaniel cross, was playing with another puppy when ...

Pets rescued from shop fire Pets rescued from shop fire

tens of animals were saved and a man jumped from his flat during a fire in a Midlands pet shop. The blaze, in Castle Bromwich, swept through the shop and into the flats above in on Green Lane. A second man was rescued by firefighters ...

Pet shops offering 'lucky' tattooed fish Pet shops offering 'lucky' tattooed fish

Pet shops in China are offering customers the chance to get their hands on their very own lucky fish. In the south-west of the country, fish with tattoos of patterns and lucky characters are being sold and are intended to bring their ...

Dog returned after being blown away by wind Dog returned after being blown away by wind

A small dog has been returned to its Michigan, US, owners after it was carried away in 70 miles per hour wind. Tinker Bell, an eight-month-old, six-pound Chihuahua, was swept away outside a flea market in Detroit at the weekend but ...

Stolen tortoise returned by conscientious buyer Stolen tortoise returned by conscientious buyer

Following a spate of tortoise thefts in Cornwall, an honest consumer has returned the pet to its rightful owner after she found out it was stolen. Joy Bloor, who runs a tortoise sanctuary in Cornwall, has been reunited with Zeus ...

Lewisham Paws Pot 500 Lewisham Paws Pot 500

The Celia Hammond Animal Trust in Lewisham, London has won a valuable donation of 500 from pet insurance provider, Petplan ...

Dogs used to sniff out drug cash Dogs used to sniff out drug cash

Police in Fife have unveiled a new deterrent to drug crime in the area - a dog trained to find cash used in illegal transactions. Rocco, an 18-month-old Cocker Spaniel, has undergone training in the past six months to help the law ...

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