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Tails of the Vienna Woods
Austrain police are looking for the owner of a large python – after a driver found it while stretching his legs!
Police were called to the scene about 60 miles west of Vienna after the driver stumbled on to the 10ft reptile packed in a jute sack in a forest near a motorway.
A pet shop has volunteered to temporarily care for it, according to a report in the Evening Telegraph.

Pet has a nasty dose of flue!
A freak gust of wind turned a family fireplace into a giant vacuum which sucked a pet rabbit up into the chimney breast, where it was stuck for three days.
Nine-year-old Natasha Cameron was in tears when her best friend, Chloe, a sand-coloured rabbit, was blown up into the chimney by a rush of air at her home in Bramhall, Manchester.
The family hoped the animal would hop back down but eventually decided to call for extra help, the Daily Mail reports.
Firefighters and RSPCA officials desperately tried to coax the floppy eared pet down before she was eventually eased to safety using a pipe and a chopped up piece of washing line.
Chloe was given treatment to clean her eyes and Natasha was delighted to have her beloved pet back in her hands.
Firefighters used a specialist ‘snake eye’ camera to find Chloe, which had been let out of the hutch for a spot of exercise.
RSPCA Inspector Steve Wickham said: “I have never come across a case like this before. There were bricks sticking out in the inside of the chimney so it was like a ladder and that was probably how Chloe managed to climb up.
“We created a makeshift catcher and managed to hook her down with the help of a camera. We were worried at first that we would have to remove the chimney but thankfully we managed to avoid that.”

Village tyres of vandalism
Police have revealed that they have cracked the case of a mystery vandal who ripped car tyres for more than six months.
Officers were baffled when car owners in Brampton, Cumbria, repeatedly came forward to report damage to their tyres, the Mirror reports.
Some had repeated slow punctures while others woke in the morning to find their tyres completely flat.
Eventually, residents in the street were so annoyed they installed CCTV to try and catch who was responsible.
And, after spending six months and countless hours studying the footage, police got the lead they wanted. The guilty party was a border collie called Jess – with all the incidents happening on the stretch of road where she was taken for her walks.
PC Simon Amos said: “These incidents have been happening for the last six months, with many residents being very upset at the thought of someone targeting them and causing the damage deliberately.
“The dog had been seen approaching the cars and many believe that she was just sniffing at the tyres. It isn’t until you take a closer look, that you can see her biting the tyres.
“The owner has been contacted and has been very surprised and also apologetic about the whole situation. He will be now keeping Jess on a lead.
“We know that there may be other residents or visitors that may not have reported any damage to their tyres. We want to reassure them that the culprit has been identified and hopefully the damage will stop.”
Cumbria Police did not name the owner but said he has offered to reimburse any car owners for the damage to their vehicles.

Bob-bing up and down like hiss!
A tiny snake escaped from a pet shop – and broke into a nearby home!
Mary Hughes, from Paisley, found the snake slithering around her bedroom and phoned husband Peter.
According to a report in the Daily Record, Peter managed to capture the reptile and contain it in a cardboard box before calling the police.
“The creature was just over a foot long and had orange and black stripes,” he said. “It was skinny and didn’t look that dangerous. So I managed to lift it up with a coat hanger and drop it into a pillow case before putting it into a box.”
Matthew McKinnon, 27, owner of Paisley’s Dragon Aquatics, was reunited with the corn snake, which police named Bob.
He said he believed the reptile had managed to get out of the store by hiding in a parcel he kept for a neighbour.
“With the size of him he’s more like a worm than a snake and completely harmless,” he said. “A cat or dog would be more dangerous than Bob.”

Sharks nine times more likely to kill men than women
George the goldfish has brain surgery and it goes ‘swimmingly well’
Pictures of the house which was taken over by 100 killer spiders
The Kennel Club publishes list of house and garden plants poisonous to dogs
How the zebrafish gets its stripes
Dogs get back to school blues when young owners go to class
Amazing underwater waterfalls

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Scruffs is offering a bumper stock bundle to three lucky retailers this month. Each winner will receive four Scruffs Balmoral Pillow Beds, one nest of four Balmoral Oval Beds and four Balmoral Boot Beds – each prize package worth nearly £560, a total retail value of £1,679.64!

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Woof&Brew launches natural herbal dog treats

The human tea debate of whether ‘to dunk or not to dunk’ biscuits is now facing our four-legged friends.

Forthglade goes on marketing drive to promote range

Natural pet food brand Forthglade has launched a marketing campaign to promote its range of nutritionally-balanced products for dogs and cats to pet-owners in the UK.

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.

Owner dyes dog to avoid bite charge

A dog owner is said to have gone to extreme lengths to change the appearance of his pet – even dying its coat to avoid detection after a woman was attacked by the dog in Wales.

Vet teams go head to head in charity event

Two teams of veterinary staff from national charity Cats Protection are to go head to head in this year’s Vet Charity Challenge to raise money for a raft of animal charities.

petDetect distributes microchips and runs courses

New business petDetect has taken over UK distribution of the Trovan microchip.

New Pedigree treat joins Mars stable

Mars Petcare has launched Pedigree Tasty Bites.

KONG takes to the skies

Following a 2012 skydive for Hounds For Heroes, KONG has done it again!

Hagen adds Fisherman’s Daughter to dog range

Global pet and aquatics company RC Hagen launched a new brand of dog food, treats and supplements for UK distribution at its New Products Exhibition at Warwick.

BETA enjoys successful British Eventing festival

The British Equestrian Trade Association says it enjoyed another ‘highly successful’ year as presenting sponsor of the Festival of British Eventing, at Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire.

Butcher’s hunts for 100 dogs for Taste Challenge

Butcher’s Pet Care is searching for 100 dogs and their owners to take part in the first Butcher’s 10-Day Taste Challenge.

Close to 3,000 dogs enter agility competition

More than 2,700 dogs from around the world with all levels of experience in agility competed in a record number of classes at the 10th Kennel Club International Agility Festival at Rockingham Castle. The event is sponsored by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds.

Crown springs to help after dogs home blaze

Within 24 hours of the tragic fire at Manchester Dogs Home, Crown Pet Foods despatched a consignment of supplies to the Cheshire Dogs Home, where many of the survivors were relocated.

FURminator brings out dual-sided grooming cloth

FURminator, the ‘deShedding solution for pets’, is launching a multipurpose product – Shed Control Cloths – for collecting loose hair and cleaning a pet’s coat.

A purr-fect app for cat lovers

Charity Cats Protection has launched Cat Match, a free app that gives cat lovers the chance to run a simulated Cats Protection Homing Centre, doing all they can to look after and rehome the cats in the charity’s care.

Trade body launches GetPetsFit Award

The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association has introduced a new award to acknowledge the work undertaken by organisations – including pet shops – to ‘getpetsfit’ through promoting weight management and fitness.

A record PATS but attendance down slightly

PATS Harrogate attracted a record number of exhibitors and New Product Award entries although visitor attendance was down slightly on last year from 1,969 to 1,917.

Kennel Club and Eukanuba shake hands on partnership

The Kennel Club has confirmed a three-year partnership with Eukanuba, its partner in pet nutrition.

New arthritis pet launch arrives in the UK

Dog Gone Pain Europe has been given the European exclusive rights to distribute DGP from American Biosciences.

Pet businesses honoured in PetQuip Awards

Eighteen pet companies were honoured last night (Sunday, September 14) at the PetQuip Awards party, held at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate as part of the PATS exhibition programme.

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.

J&K Aquatics holds Open Day at new centre

Aquatic wholesaler J&K Aquatics will host two Open Days at its new distribution centre in Somerset to kick off the autumn season.

New aquatics shop to offer a number of firsts

A new aquatics shop throws open its doors on September 9 in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, and its owner promises it ‘will be one of its kind’.

Sea Life team uses riot gear on crocodiles

Nervous staff at Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre had riot shields at the ready for a close encounter with crocodiles recently.

New ornamental fish species found in India

The Zoology department of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru College says it has discovered a new ornamental fish species, Microphis ignoratus, in a river.

Synthetic colouring agent approved for fish food

The Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP) has found that synthetic astaxanthin is safe for salmonids and ornamental fish up to 100 mg/kg complete diet.

Eheim brings out aquarium app

Eheim has launched an Aquarium App with tools including water analysis, a volume calculator and a reminder centre which can, for instance, send alerts when it is time to change water.

Tropical fish trader pleads guilty to benefits fraud

A fish trader has admitted cheating the taxpayer out of more than £22,000 by fraudulently claiming benefits.

New Era Aquaculture’s sales up 40%

New Era Aquaculture says it annual sales are growing at 40% per year, with overseas sales representing more than 40% of turnover. The company recently celebrated its tenth birthday at Interzoo with its worldwide distributors.

Koi take over Bangkok shopping centre

An abandoned shopping centre in Bangkok, Thailand, has turned into a massive aquarium filled with thousands of fish, reports New York Daily News.

Tropical fish migration affects ecosystems

The migration of tropical fish, caused by ocean warming attributed to climate change, is having a harmful impact on marine ecosystems, a study has found.

Man fined for neknominate goldfish challenge

A man bought a pair of goldfish with the ‘sole intention of drinking them’ as part of a viral internet craze, a court has heard.

Tetra re-launches TetraMin Menu

Tetra has relaunched its tropical flake food TetraMin Menu. The ornamental fish food is now separated into four chambers, each housing flakes containing various vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

Hikari launches turtle sticks

Hikari has launched a probiotic enhanced nutrient mix for turtles in the Saki-Hikari brand.

Maidenhead Aquatics branch moves to new home

A Maidenhead Aquatics outlet that was forced to move into temporary premises after a fire has moved into its new home.

JBL brings out CO2 injector

JBL has launched the JBL ProFlora m001 duo pressure reducer, for hobbyists who want to inject CO2 into two tanks.

New way to create waves in tanks

Zoo Med Labs has launched the Aquasweep Rotating Filter Attachment.

Anabantoid association issues caresheet

The Anabantoid Association of Great Britain has issued a Betta caresheet with husbandry guidelines.

Hikari launches 500g pack of Saki-Hikari Growth diet

Hikari has launched a new 500g pack size of its Saki-Hikari Growth Koi diet.

Superfish launches PondECO Plus E pumps

Superfish has launched a range of electronic filter pumps for Koi and fish ponds.

Romsey World Of Water gears up for Koi show

Romsey World Of Water will host the ZNA South of England Koi Show over the weekend of August 9-10.

Aquatic business founder dies in fire

Graham Cox, founder of Waterlife Research, has died in a fire at his Dorset home. Up to 40 firefighters battled the flames for several hours, but could not save Graham, 77, who was still a director of the company.

JBL brings out summer food for Koi

JBL’s Reseach and Development Department has developed a Koi Summer floating premium food.

Fish fossil could be ancestor to all vertebrates

A 500-million-year-old preserved, soft-bodied fish could be the ancestor of almost all living vertebrates, reports NBC News.

Eheim launches into food and treatments

Eheim has for the first time launched into food, water and plant care products, unveiling its new range at Germany’s Interzoo.

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