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Alas poor Porrick in Kent ham-let
A lonely pig abandoned in a Kent field for months has been enjoying some regular home comforts after local residents took pity on her.
Villagers in Shorncliffe, near Folkestone, built a makeshift shelter for the female swine, who they have named Porrick, and donate food.
“She’s a real local attraction,” said Trevor Boxell, whose son owns the land on which Porrick grazes.
The pig had been left alone for four months after the previous owners moved, taking her herd with them, website reports. Trevor said Porrick was now enjoying a healthy diet of potatoes, sprouts, swede and vegetable peelings from locals and appears very much at home.
“I’ve left the gate open for her several times but she never wants to leave. I would like to find her somewhere permanent to stay but she seems quite happy, wagging her tail in the field.”

Scales of justice
Mystery surrounds a snake that slithered into a lawyer’s office in Dunbartonshire.
The SSPCA was called to rescue the corn snake – now named Tango – from Clyde Defence Lawyer, in Clydebank, and it is now being cared for at the charity’s Glasgow Animal Rescue & Rehoming Centre.
“The person who first spotted Tango didn’t think he was real as he wasn’t moving,” said animal rescue officer Emma Campbell. “She thought someone in the office was playing a prank on her but after a colleague gave him a gentle prod it was clear he wasn’t a toy and that they needed to contact us for help.

I bet he drinks Carling Black Label
A junior doctor, who was attacked by a shark in New Zealand, sewed up his wounds with a first aid kit before going to the pub for a beer.
James Grant, 24, had just entered the water at Garden Bay in Invercargill, when the shark clasped its jaws around his leg, according ot a report in the Southland Times.
The fisherman grabbed his diving knife and tried to fight off what he believes was a broadnosed seven-gill shark.
“I sort of just fought the shark off. The shark got a few stabs. The knife wasn’t long enough though,” James told the newspaper.
Following the incident, the young doctor was joined by his shocked friends who thought he was just messing around. When they realised the severity of what had happened they took him to the pub for a beer before going on to hospital to have his wounds checked.

116-year-old tortoise has lived through six different monarchs
Dog refuses to leave spot where owner died despite 100F heat
Project Piaba, buy a fish save a tree
Competition crowns German Shepherds Britain’s naughtiest pet
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Goldfish brain slur is myth as scientists discover they have long-term memory

The UK’s first ever park for dogs
The dognap that earned owner a small fortune
Frisbee is a ‘health and safety’ risk for dogs, Kennel Club claims

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Win a vivarium from Crocodile Joe’s Wild World

To celebrate World Snake Day on July 16, Crocodile Joe’s Wild World is giving away three vivariums and a selection of accessories worth a total of £500 from its latest reptile pet care range.

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Equifeast wins national award

Equifeast has beaten hundreds of entrants to win the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Worldpay UK Business Innovation of Year Award.

Plevin to supply 2,000 bales to livestock show

Pet bedding manufacturer Plevin is sponsoring this year’s London Championship Small Livestock Show.

11% rise in numbers of dogs used in experiments

The Kennel Club has expressed its disappointment to see the number of dogs being used in scientific procedures increase by 11%.

Hikari launches turtle sticks

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

Mines for Pets supplies gel pet mat

Mines for Pets (UK) has taken on the distributorship of the Chilly Pet Gel Mat, made in Canada by HUGS Pet Products.

P&G signs three-year contract with Kennel Club

Procter & Gamble Pet Care, whose brands include Eukanuba and Iams, and the Kennel Club have signed a new three-year contract. The agreement, which extends to March 2018, includes the introduction of further sponsorships and joint activities.

Pet store boss goes Undercover on Ch 4 programme

A pet shop retailer will appear on Channel 4’s Undercover Boss, to be aired next Tuesday, July 29, at 9pm.

Peregrine Livefoods launches Snake Life substrate

Peregrine Livefoods has added ProRep Snake Life to the range of specialist substrates in its Life series, which is designed for specific animal species.

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.

Veterinary shampoo range updates its look

Florida-based SynergyLabs has given its Veterinary Formula Clinical Care medicated pet products a new look.

Water works cause desert conditions on high street

Shop owners in a Welsh town are calling out for residents to ‘spend local’ after roadworks have seen their trade fall.

Owners open second store within a year of first

Jurassic Bark , which opened its first shop in Downham Market, Norfolk, in July last year, has opened a second store in Littleport, Cambridgeshire.

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.

Manchester pet show appoints marketing partner

The Family Pet Show has appointed North West broadcast, media production and strategic marketing company Redolution to support the event’s second year at Event City, Manchester with a brief to help deliver 15,000 visitors.

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.

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.

Fishkeeper Inverness celebrates first year

Fishkeeper Scotland by Maidenhead Aquatics has celebrated the first anniversary of its Inverness store with a weekend of activities, giveaways, competitions, prizes and special offers as well as a raffle in aid of charity.

Hagen Exhibition confirms comedian Kevin Bridges

Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges will perform at the Hagen Exhibition later this year. The trade event returns this year after a one-year break to attend AQUA 2013.

Putting the fun into feeding goldfish

Tetra has launched the Goldfish FunBalls, a new feed for goldfish which it says is ‘designed to inject some fun into feeding time and appeal to younger fishkeepers’.

Arcadia introduces full-spectrum LED light

Arcadia has launched the Arcadia Jungle Dawn, a full-spectrum LED lamp designed for plant growth. This energy-efficient product emits light at 6.5K-7K Kelvin, which is commonly thought of as the colour of natural sunlight.

Waterzoo goes the EPoS route

An aquatics retailer has installed an EPoS system to keep track of stock levels and orders more efficiently.

UK aquatics industry praised at global meeting

The UK aquatics industry – along with those in Europe, Canada and the United States – has been praised at an international meeting in late June for helping to raise awareness about invasive species.

American teen scoops up three-foot carp

An American teenager is reeling in attention for a big catch after he spotted a three-foot carp swimming in receding floodwaters in northern Ohio.

Italian scientists identify new jellyfish species

Scientists in Italy say they have discovered a new species of jellyfish in the Gulf of Venice.

All-women team breed clownfish

An all-women ornamental marine fish production unit has been set up in Tamil Nadu, south India.

‘Bishop of bling’ spends £176,000 on fish tank

A disgraced German bishop, who resigned over his misuse of Church funds, spent £176,000 on an ornamental fish tank.

Interpet brings out user-friendly River Reef tanks

Interpet’s new River Reef LED Aquariums are tall aquariums with a black finish and curved glass. Mark Dalton, Interpet brand manager, said they offer ‘the latest technology in filtration and LED lighting to ensure even novices can successfully set up and maintain a thriving high-performance aquarium’.

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