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Sir David Attenborough Launches “Boaty McBoatface”

Sir David Attenborough has launched the 10,000-tonne vessel of the UK’s newest polar ship – named after him – into the Mersey. The broadcaster pressed the button, sending the hull sliding out from Birkenhead, into the water where building will continue. “Our future will be effected by what people working on this ship will be discovering” he said. It is “the greatest possible honour” to be its namesake. The hull of the £200m research vessel entered the river stern-first, creating a big wave [...]

Puppy Dies in Overhead Locker on a Plane

Puppy Dies in Overhead Locker on a United Airlines Flight. United Airlines has accepted liability after a dog died in-flight when a flight attendant ordered the pet to be put in an overhead locker. The US airline apologised for the death of a French bulldog on a flight from Houston to New York and has launched an investigation. A passenger who was seated behind said she saw a United flight attendant insisting on the dog being placed in the overhead locker in [...]

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Adopting a Stray Dog, The Stresses and Rewards

Adopting A Stray Dog. The stresses and rewards of taking home an abandoned dog. Life has been changing rapidly and it’s hard to keep up. One of the biggest changes has been adapting to my new family, a 12 month(ish) old stray dog called Charlie. In November 2017 I was coming to terms with the end of my marriage. I have two cats already who I love to pieces. My parents came over from England to visit. We took a trip to the [...]

Killer Whales Talking to Their Trainers

Killer Whales Can Talk? Whales are known for their good communications skills which allow pods to ‘talk’ to each other through clicks and singing, even when they are up to 100 miles away from each other. But a new experiment has shown the creatures are also apparently capable of copying human speech, a feat that was previously believed to be limited to primates, birds, elephants, dolphins and seals. Scientists say they have taped a killer whale named Wikie speaking the words ‘hello’ [...]

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Travelling Circus Wild Animal Acts Now Banned In Scotland

Scotland is the first country in GB to ban the use of travelling circus wild animal acts The bill was proposed by Scotland’s environment secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, who said: This is an important act that will not only prevent travelling circuses ever showing wild animals in Scotland in the future, but will demonstrate to the wider world that this practice is now not acceptable. Some MSPs, said the bill did not cover all animal performances, such as greyhound racing or birds [...]

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Abandoned Dogs, Mistreated Dogs Costa Del Sol Spain

There’s a dark side to Andalucia and Murcia, which will never be mentioned in the tourist guides or holiday websites. If you’ve been to these areas before, you’ll have noticed the starving dogs lurking around restaurants, hoping to be thrown a bread crust; you’ll have side stepped the dog dirt on pavements or driven past dogs lying injured and ignored by the roadside. It’s especially bad at certain time of year when the Spanish hunting season has finished for the [...]

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Supreme Cat Show at the NEC Birmingham November 2017

The Supreme Cat Show. Organised every year by the world’s oldest cat registry, the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy, or GCCF, and takes place every November at the NEC Birmingham. Special awards of UK Champion and Supreme Champion can be earned at this show only. A cat wins each show’s “Best In Show” award. Non-pedigree and pedigree pet cats. Non-pedigree cats and pedigree pet cats are also permitted to enter the Supreme Cat Show. They can also compete for the same [...]

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Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick and his Pet Homing Plan on Live TV

Noel Fitzpatrick.  Anyone thinking of getting themselves a new pet might want to pick one live on TV. Channel 4 is staging a five-day adoptathon to find homes for the record number of abandoned animals currently living in shelters. Hosted by Supervet himself, Noel Fitzpatrick,and TV presenter Steve Jones, the live series hopes to find new owners for every dog, cat, rabbit and bird at the Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter. With 250,000 pets left to the care of rescue centres every [...]