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I spider with my little eye…
A giant spider has been caught on CCTV camera apparently terrifying motorists on the M3 in Hampshire.
The oversized eight-legged creature was filmed ‘scuttling’ across junction 6 of the motorway.
Thankfully for passing drivers, it was actually a trick of the eye caused by a normal-sized spider sitting on the camera lens, according to a report on the Orange News website.
It was spotted by Road Management System for Europe staff from Hampshire County Council, who tweeted the picture, which quickly went viral.
“Apart from a giant spider terrorising motorists passing by #M3 J6, #Hampshire’s roads are now quiet & incident free,” they tweeted.

Hair cut!
A 28-stone tiger has gone under the knife in Florida to remove a 4lb hairball, reports.
Veterinary surgeons in Tampa Bay were called in after Ty failed to bring up the hairball himself. Understandably, the 17-year-old big cat had been off his food for nearly two weeks.
The vets initially performed an ultrasound and took X-rays before using a endoscope with a camera to gauge the size of the hairball. But it was so big, they decided an operation would be needed.
Ty is cared for by Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation in Seminole.
“He’s sort of like my biggest baby,” founder Vernon Yates told News 13. “This is my kid. This tiger means more to me than any cat that I have.”

Pandas tweet
A red panda managed to elude zoo officials for hours after he mysteriously escaped from a zoo in Washington.
Rusty was found in a tree in an area known for its restaurants and nightlife after he went missing from the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
A Twitter photo and tip-off from a resident helped zoo-keepers track down the animal. But how he escaped is still a mystery and officials are surprised that he ventured so far.

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

PATS set to pull in more overseas visitors

With more than 60% of its exhibitors currently exporting their products, PATS is looking to increase its overseas visitor presence at Harrogate in September.

Doog brings out Sticks fetch toys

Doog, maker of ‘walkie’ belts, has introduced the Sticks fetch toys which can float in water and have glow-in-the-dark eyes.

List your products for free on Vetmart website

A new website gives pet retailers, groomers and dog walkers the opportunity to list their services for free.

Elderly pigeon makes it a Guinness record

A customer of animal feed manufacturer Bamfords Top Flight has written in to tell of her pigeon, determined by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the Oldest Living Pigeon

Ancol’s charity marathon men raise £10,000 plus

Two members of staff at pet accessories company Ancol have raised more than £10,000 running the London Marathon for blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.

New grooming award offers global recognition

Award-winning dog groomer and competition judge Angela Caley is to head a new UK pet grooming industry professional qualification.

Cat charity lends out shelters to aid strays

Cats Protection’s Stoke & Newcastle Branch has launched a scheme to lend out temporary outdoor cat shelters to people worried about stray cats.

Have you stopped selling these plants?

A sales ban on some aquatic pond plants came into full force this month (April), which has stopped the trade in five invasive species.

Pet shop makes a meal of worms

A pet shop owner has come up with a scheme designed to help bats.

Ceva launches radio advertising campaign

Ceva Animal Health has launched a new radio advertising campaign on Heart FM to highlight the benefits of the UK’s leading veterinary behaviour product Feliway among cat owners.

Manufacturer named best in North West

A pet product manufacturer has been named as a finalist in the search to find the UK’s best small business.

New non-food wholesale service for bira members

From April 1, bira members will be able to take advantage of a delivered wholesale service from Stax, via bira direct.

Win £500 of stock and an iPad when training staff

This year, OASE is giving retailers the chance to win an Apple iPad and £500 worth of ‘working display stock for the store’ when staff achieve a pass mark in one of OASE’s online courses.

Manufacturer to sponsor treats for dog trainers

Long-established treats manufacturer Barker and Barker is sponsoring the Association of Pet Dog Trainers in a three-year deal worth thousands of pounds to the organisation.

Fluval throws support behind coral restoration

Fluval has announced it is sponsoring the Florida-based Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF), kicking off with a $5,000 donation. The donation will help the non-profit group to create and maintain offshore nurseries for threatened coral species.

£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.

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.

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