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Weather shock
A weathergirl had a shock when a giant spider crawled towards her during a live broadcast.
Canadian meteorologist Kristi Gordon shrieked out loud when the spider suddenly appeared above her head.
She tried to compose herself and carry on with her weather report. But then she saw it for a second time and again screamed and ran away, much to the amusement of her Global BC colleagues.

On-screen debut
A bull decided that the side of a busy road was the perfect setting to mount a red cow…
But although she escaped the bull’s advances, the cow didn’t evade the car that captured the events for a YouTube video and clattered straight into the vehicle.
The cow walked away as if nothing happened. The driver was left with a broken windscreen.

Cat-a-wall rescue
An elderly couple baffled by a mystery mewling sound at their bungalow discovered they were sharing their home with some unexpected guests.
Firefighters tore up floors and broke open walls to try to locate the source of the sound at Sue and Brian Davie’s Essex home after the couple called the RSPCA – and eventually discovered four newborn kittens trapped beneath floorboards.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, it is thought a stray cat gave birth to a litter in the Davies’ loft and that the tiny kittens slipped one by one through a hole into the cavity wall before getting stuck under the floor.
The kittens were retrieved safe and well after the exhaustive search by
firefighters, who used specialist listening equipment and a snake-eye camera to help find the litter.
Two of the rescue workers were so enamoured by the fluffy creatures they are each planning to give one a home.

Terminally ill dog ticks off his 22 bucket list wishes
Video showing trained rats – it’s really amazing
Foul-mouthed African grey parrot is taken out of garden centre
Koko the gorilla treats kittens like her own children
Sheep rescued from cliff ledge on Anglesey
The jawfish nurses 400 eggs in its mouth
Moving pictures of the moment a giraffe kisses goodbye a dying zoo worker
Meet Birmingham’s Ace Ventura Pet Detective

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Stone’s Snack Bars up for grabs

Four lucky retailers stand to win two trays of Stone’s Snack Bars for dogs ‘on the go’, each prize package worth nearly £150.

Stones giveaway

Win ProRep tortoise products from Peregrine
Peregrine Livefoods is offering five packs of ProRep Tortoise Goodies worth more than £160 each to celebrate the launch of its new ProRep tortoise food.

Peregrine Giveaway
Burns Giveaway

Burns dog food bundle to be won
Burns Pet Nutrition is giving away a bumper package of ethically-produced and environmentally-friendly Penlan Farm products to one lucky retailer this month.

Burns Giveaway

Cool design from AniMat

The AniMat Cool Gel Mat, which made its debut at Crufts, cools an animal on contact by quickly absorbing its body heat.

Pet party marketing service launched

A marketing agency is offering pet manufacturers and retailers the opportunity to participate in pet parties across the UK.

£1,000 reward offer to net thieves

A Merseyside shopkeeper has offered a £1,000 reward after thieves stole hundreds of Koi carp from his aquatics store in Churchtown in early March.

New reptile store opens in Buckingham

Bicester Exotics is opening a store in Buckingham town centre this month selling reptiles, spiders, amphibians, pet housing and pet food.

Crown appoints new general manager

Andy Reed has been appointed general manager of Somerset-based Crown Pet Foods.

New pet website joins crowded e-tail scene

The co-founders of Asos, a leading online fashion retailer, and Achica, a luxury lifestyle store, have launched an online luxury pet marketplace.

South Devon walk voted best for dogs

Bolberry Down in South Devon has been voted the best dog walk in the West, beating off competition from walks all along the 630-mile stretch of the famous national trail.

VetUK donates to animal charities

Online veterinary and pet supplies company VetUK has donated more than 13,000 pipettes of spot-on Flevox flea treatment to local and international animal welfare charities.

Bank of England changes ‘could cost business millions’

The switch to 12-sided coins has been sold in the Budget as a way to cut out the 3% of counterfeit coinage.

Councils ‘fail to follow advice on shop licensing’

More than two-thirds of local authorities DON’T use the guidance issued by their own industry body to ensure consistent pet shop licensing, according to a new report from the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association.

Beaphar campaign encourages regular worming

Beaphar has declared war on worms in April by encouraging pet owners to worm on a regular basis.

Directors step down at pet trade body

Two directors have resigned from their positions at the Pet Industry Federation.

Mars makes major acquisition

Confectionery company Mars has said it is acquiring P&G brands Iams, Eukanuba and Natura in the US, Latin America and other regions, excluding most European markets, for US$2.9 billion in cash.

Win big at wholesaler summer event

Pedigree Wholesale’s Pet & Aquatic Trade Show in June will give retailers the chance to win more than 80 prizes worth over £12,500.

Horse breeder fined

A Shropshire horse breeder has been prosecuted for safety failings after a veterinary student suffered severe leg and pelvic injuries when she was felled by four straw bales on her last day of work experience.

Letting fish have a wheely good time

A team of Dutch researchers has developed a remote control aquarium on wheels that fish can steer themselves.

Mate sought for lonely puffer

Staff at the Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire Oaks are looking for a replacement mate for Shaun, a sharp nose puffer fish, Canthigaster callisterna, following the death of his long-term partner, reports Chester Chronicle.

Eheim launches energy-efficient protein skimmer

Eheim has launched a new protein skimmer for marine tanks, the SKIMmarine 800.

JBL launches new substrate heaters

Aquatics manufacturer JBL is bringing out a new generation of substrate heaters under the name of JBL ProTemp b.

OASE acquires water gardening manufacturer

Germany’s OASE Group has acquired Geo Global Partners (West Palm Beach), a leading North American provider of water gardening brands.

Saki-Hikari wins top spot for a second year

Saki-Hikari has been voted ‘Best Koi Food’ in the Koi Awards 2013 by Koi Carp Magazine.

Are you ready for the aquatic plant ban?

A sales ban on some aquatic pond plants comes into full force from next month (April), which will stop the trade in five invasive species.

Tetra reviews its route to market

Tetra has completed a review of its wholesale providers and route to market, and as a result has appointed four key national distributors, a move the company acknowledges will ‘clearly disappoint some wholesalers who have been supporters of Tetra for many years’.

J&K Aquatics invests in larger premises

Wholesaler J&K Aquatics has moved into its new building in Somerset.

Dates and venue announced for AQUA 2015

AQUA 2015, the market-leading showcase for the UK’s water gardening and aquatics trade, will be returning to the Telford International Centre on October 14-15, 2015.

OATA fights to counter bid to ban fish sales

The aquatic industry is being urged to get behind the #handsoffmyhobby campaign, which has been launched to shout about why people love to keep fish.

Floods toll: mass fish deaths after being stranded

Thousands of fish have died on the banks of the Thames near Goring as the recent floods began to subside.

‘White list’ of live fish gives ‘a good outcome for industry’, says OATA

OATA has welcomed a new order made under the Import of Live Fish Act which came into force on February 17.

OATA backs UK government’s illegal wildlife trafficking campaign

The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association is backing a government campaign on illegal wildlife trafficking.

Guideline to encourage responsible pet ownership

The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) and the Reptile and Exotic Pet Trade Association (REPTA) have joined forces to launch a new Code of Practice for traders and pet owners to help encourage responsible ownership.

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