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Film runaways cause chaos
Two water buffalo wreaked havoc after escaping from a film set.
The animals sent drivers swerving as they headed down a Sydney street after escaping from a park where an advertisement was being filmed.
The buffalo continued their journey until they reached the University of Sydney campus, where students were greeted with the sight of a cowboy brandishing a lasso and two agitated animals.
Firefighters managed to round up the animals and live-tweeted the operation, saying they used ladders and firefighting gear to corral the buffalo into a makeshift pen, until handlers from the film set took them away.

Picture hard to swallow
Mirrors have been removed from the toilets at the National Arboretum in Gloucestershire because swallows keep fighting with their own reflections.
When the birds fly into the toilets at the Arboretum at Westonbirt, near Tetbury, they catch a glimpse of themselves in the mirrors and start fighting off what they think is a rival for a mate, the Western Daily Press reports.
Paul Cody, head of visitor attraction at Westonbirt, said there were five nests nearby and the mirrors had been removed until October when things calmed down.
“We have taken the decision to remove the toilet mirrors to prevent the resident swallows from injuring or causing unnecessary stress to themselves,” he told the newspaper.

Pane au chuckle-cat
A video of a cat running headfirst into a glass door during a French television show is going viral on YouTube.
The cat was running down a street in Lot when he was caught by cameras filming La Meilleure Boulangerie de France.
The video has notched up close to half a million views with it clearly amusing many English speakers, even though it is in French.
One user commented: “That cat should sue – there was no English or French signage on that glass door.”

How the RSPCA has spent £22.5million on legal bills in two years
Autistic five-year-old girl who’s paintings sell for £1,500
Abandoned pregnant German Shepherd and her ten puppies found new homes by charity Devon German Shepherd Dog Rescue
A new report calls into question what the RSPCA has been up to recently
New York man who kicked a cat is dogged by animal rights campaigners
The dog that turned into a rock after falling into hot tar
Having more than one cat when you live in a city is ‘cruel’

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Knockout awards ceremony rounds off day one of Pet Industry Forum

John James, of Gloucestershire-based accessories supplier James & Steel, was presented with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Pet Industry Forum & Awards in Northamptonshire last night (Thursday).

Industry mourns Russell Taylor

Pet industry stalwart Russell Taylor died last night, shocked delegates were told on the opening morning of the 2014 Pet Industry Forum today (Thursday). He was 69.

Pet chain sees strong growth as revenue hits £380m

Pets At Home has seen total revenue growth of 10.2%, bringing it to £381.5 million for the first half of its financial year, to October 9.

Beaphar launches trade area to website

Beaphar has introduced a trade zone to its newly developed website,

Dogs being trained to sniff out ovarian cancer

Dogs at North America’s Penn Vet Working Dog Center are being trained to sniff out chemicals associated with ovarian cancer, reports the New York Times.

Natures Menu sees 20% growth in raw food market

Natures Menu has extended its Watton factory, opened a new production line at the Hingham plant, and increased its fleet of delivery vans as a result of the 20% growth in the raw pet food market.

Americans look to customise pets meals

After a wave of food safety recalls of dry and canned pet food in the US, pet owners are turning to ‘customisable’ meals with human-grade ingredients such as vegetables, meats and grains, WKMG-TV reports.

Something’s fishy going on…

Police on the Isles of Scilly are fearing fishy business after a goldfish turned up on their doorstep.

Kong launches Anxiety-Reducing Shirt

KONG’s new Anxiety-Reducing Shirt is a simple, effective way to calm anxious dogs, it says.

Food manufacturer brings in new coating technology

Kansas-based pet food manufacturer Extru-Tech has revealed its continuous batch coating technology, bringing new levels of coating accuracy, safety and volume to the market.

Animal study could see treatments for humans

Research led by the University of Surrey's School of Veterinary Medicine casts doubts on the long-held view that animals always lose neurons – nerve cells that transmit information through the body – as they age.

Bramton Company launches 30-day cat litter

The Bramton Company has launched the Simple Solution 30 day Super Absorbent Litter, a cat litter made from absorbent, lightweight attapulgite clay with odour-eliminating technology.

New caskets come as ‘garden burial package’

J.A.K Marketing has launched a new range of caskets as part of a ‘garden burial package’ for pets.

FURminator releases limited edition grooming tool

FURminator has launched a limited edition deShedding tool for grooming dogs and cats.

Horse trials names World Horse Welfare as charity

World Horse Welfare was invited, for the first time, to be the chosen charity of Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials 2014.

Evolution Aqua takes on Kessil LED range

Evolution Aqua has been appointed exclusive distributor of Kessil LED aquarium lighting for the UK.

Pooch & Mutt offers cash promotion to retailers

SWITCH-UP is an initiative from Pooch & Mutt to support the independent pet trade.

Natures Menu to be sold in Countrywide stores

Natures Menu is now being stocked in all 54 Countrywide Farmers stores.

Not all human medications can be used on pets

Medications that help humans could be toxic for pets in many cases, writes US veterinarian Megan Julian in The Record.

Tetra grows water treatment range

Tetra is expanding its aquarium water care range with a refresh of its popular water treatment product, SafeStart, and the introduction of a brand new treatment, FilterActive.

Pets Choice and Vitakraft UK in merger

Pet food manufacturer and distributor Pets Choice is to take over the sales and distribution of Vitakraft UK products from January 1.

Petcetera to host grooming seminars and talks

Petcetera is hosting a series of seminars for owners, groomers and breeders in November.

UK to set up new equine ID register

The UK is to establish a new central equine database as part of a more robust – and enforceable – equine identification (horse passport) system after EU member states endorsed proposals for stronger regulations after flaws were laid bare in last year’s horse meat scandal.

Over 200 exhibitors head for China show

China’s 2015 Guangzhou International Aquarium Show (GIAS 2015) will be held from May 9 to 11, 2015, and is expected to attract in the region of 200 exhibitors.

Bedford aquarium planning permission runs out

Planning permission for a £600-million aquarium in Bedfordshire has expired, with millions of pounds of public money invested in it.

One step at a time

Pet and aquatic shopfitting specialists CASCO Europe has brought out a new Ladder & Rail that ‘takes store ladders to the next level’.

Cornish aquarium closes without warning

Falmouth Aquarium closed suddenly in early September, less than two months after re-opening under new branding in July.

Mars Fishcare appoints ALF as main distributor

MARS Fishcare has appointed Bedford-based ALF as its main ‘preferred official’ distributor to aquatic specialist stores in mainland UK starting November 30. API and Aquarian products will also be available through Norwood Aquarium for the aquatic channel.

Animals and fish return to flood-ravaged sanctuary

Seals, turtles, penguins and other creatures have returned to Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, destroyed by floodwaters last December, in preparation for its re-opening on October 16.

Trade lines up to be part of aquatics show

More than 80% of stand space has already been sold for AQUA 2015 with a year to go before the show opens for business.

Fire service saves aquatics store from blaze

The owner of an aquatics store has praised the fire service after a blaze threatened hundreds of fish worth thousands of pounds at his shop in Leicester.

Vetark brings out new product to counter flukes

Vetark has launched a new solution against fluke infections, Fluke-Solve.

Trade body lobbies MEPs ahead of Euro conference

The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association is writing to all UK MEPs in advance of a conference on animal welfare organised by Eurogroup for Animals.

Stop throwing dead fish, demands Swiss group

A Swiss animal rights group has called on Zurich’s guild of fishermen to stop throwing dead fish as part of the city’s traditional annual Sechseläuten festival.

Baby corals and fish smell their way to the best home

New research suggests that baby fish and coral larvae smell their way to healthy habitats.

Agency called out to rescue stranded fish

Scores of fish have been rescued from the River Teme in Herefordshire.

JBL gives a boost to planted tanks

Planted tank hobbyists or aquarists with a special interest in plants may sometimes opt to supplement a fertiliser with specific components, either individually or in form of a NPK fertilizer.

Believe it or not…

A 23-year-old Canadian software developer has created a video stream featuring two goldfish playing Street Fighter II Turbo on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

Claw blimey!

A woman had a shock when she discovered two live crabs scuttling about in a Birmingham tower block lift.

Arapaima now extinct in some parts of the Amazon

The giant Arapaima has been fished to extinction in a number of areas in the Amazon river, say scientists.

Four-star hotel for mums-to-be

Spawning boxes for fish have been around for a long time, but a new launch promises ‘to beat all records’, says JBL.

Mexico porpoise on brink of extinction

China’s appetite for the swimbladder of the Totoaba marine fish has pushed the Vaquita marina, a tiny porpoise, to the brink of extinction.

Malaysia aims to export 900m ornamentals

Malaysian Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the ministry had set a target of exporting 900 million ornamental fish by the year 2020.

OFI appoints new secretary general

Global aquatics trade body Ornamental Fish International has appointed Roberto Hensen as secretary general.

Aquatics chain appears on Love Your Garden

Maidenhead Aquatics was a supplier in a recent episode of Alan Titchmarsh’s Love Your Garden.

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