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Twit-to-woo!
Coastguards sent to investigate reports of cries for help discovered the cause was two loved-up owls.
A well-meaning member of the public contacted the emergency services fearing a couple were in distress Solent Coastguards sent a team from Berry Head to investigate the area around Sharkham in Brixham, Devon, just after one o’clock on a Sunday morning.
But after a thorough search of the area, all the team could find were two amorous owls.
A Berry Head Coastguard spokesman told the Mirror: “Satisfied that no-one was in trouble we confirmed with Solent that the owls were most likely responsible and it was considered a false alarm with good intent.”
The team took it all in good spirits, saying: “Cue all the owl puns...frankly we couldn’t give two hoots!”

Dogs bring happy end to long tail
A family’s pet dogs protected their owners by turning on a eight-foot-long venomous snake after it slithered into their garden.
In a YouTube video that has gone viral, the four pooches circle the deadly king cobra, nipping the reptile with their teeth.
The  elapid – the world’s longest venomous snake– came into their backyard in Phitsanoluk, Thailand.
The species has a fearsome reputation across south east Asia and India, according to the Mirror.
They have been known to grow up to 18.8ft long, while a single bite can be fatal if it is not treated immediately with the correct anti-venom.






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And they’re off! Entries open for industry awards
Entries for the 2017 Pet Industry Federation Awards open online through petbusinessworld.co.uk, the website of pbwnews, the Forum & Awards’ media sponsor.

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The global market for smart pet products, such as automated feeders, video monitors and robotic toys, reached $bn (£0.77bn) last year, according to Transparency Market Research.
Plans for a pet crematorium in a village near Bristol have sparked concern among residents.
A not-for-profit organisation set up to equip the UK fire service with oxygen masks for pets is appealing for help from the trade.
Hannah Capon has given up a 15-year career as a vet to focus her professional skills and knowledge on educating people about canine arthritis.
Fish4Dogs, which won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise this year, has celebrated by holding a party with an international flavour for staff.
Pet Pawsecco – a ‘wine’ for cats and dogs, which was launched at Crufts – is now being sold in Pets at Home.
Expozoo is expecting 180 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors at Paris Porte de Versailles from January 12-14 next year. The event is in two parts: the Expozoo meetings trade show on the Friday and the consumer Paris Animal Show on the Saturday and Sunday.
A multi-national pet food manufacturer has moved from Macclesfield to Manchester Airport.
Pet Dandy, a leading producer of smart tags, will be lead sponsor for this year’s British Dog Grooming Championship.
Staff at a pet shop have been celebrating the shop’s 25th birthday by running two draws to win £25 vouchers and giving away 25 goody bags.
Marriages has expanded its range with a 1kg Indoor Bird resealable pouch range, following on from the launch of its Parrot Picnic, Fruit and Nut Feast and African Grey Gourmet.
It’s a big birthday for Birmingham Dogs Home as it celebrates 125 years of rehoming dogs across the West Midlands and South Staffordshire. Since the charity was founded in 1892, it has rescued, reunited and rehomed more than 100,000 dogs.
Lily’s Kitchen has joined forces with veterinary charity PDSA to launch an activity at KidZania UK, in Westfield, London, where children learn how to keep pets happy and healthy.
This week sees the launch of the annual DogFriendly Awards – and this year pet businesses have been included for the first time.
Two brothers-in-law unloaded 160 boxes of ‘dog food’ – only to discover they had mistakenly been sent a delivery that had contained a £6m drugs haul, a court heard.
Bestway Wholesale has appointed Tony Holmes as sales director in a new restructure designed to drive growth for the business.
Tear stain prevention remedy Clearz Tearz has been voted Best Value Product by the July 2017 Best Reviews Guide.
An improved safety guide and updated dog and cat nutritional guidelines were agreed at the European Pet Food Industry Federation’s annual meeting in Manchester.
Collarways, which is celebrating its 13th year in business, has introduced a new range of fantastic Cat Toys.
A Scottish pet shop has been damaged by smoke and water in a blaze.
Supreme Petfoods says the launch of its Selective Naturals treats was ‘hugely successful’ and so the manufacturer is now taking the brand one step further by going grain-free.
Pet bed specialist Scruffs has launched a new series of ‘chew-resistant’ durable pet bedding this summer.
Thieves have left a shop owner devastated when they broke into a shop in and took the till while he was away on holiday.
More social workers are entering the veterinary field in the US, offering individual counselling and group support not only to pet owners dealing with their pets’ disease and death, but also to the vets who provide medical care.
A pet food wholesaler based in Nottinghamshire with its own retail chain has been sold to a private equity investor, which says its goal is ‘to make business better for everybody’.
The Animal Welfare Foundation has opened applications and is looking to recruit as many as three trustees to help drive its mission to improve the welfare of animals through veterinary science, education and debate.
Visitors to PATS Telford in September can expect a busy show as almost every stand at the two-day event has now been sold.
Celebrity dog owner Jodie Marsh has posted a video of her giving CPR to her bulldog, Louie, after he collapsed. The video has been viewed on Facebook more than four million times.
VetSpec has launched a hypoallergenic cereal-grain-free range of super premium, complete dog foods.
NOAH has welcomed a statement by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Business Secretary Greg Clark that the UK is fully committed to continuing a close working relationship with the EU, in particular the European Medicines Agency, post-Brexit.
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Plants, fish food and treatments up for grabs
THREE lucky retailers can win either an assortment of aquatic plants (RRP £220), live and frozen fish food (RRP £250) or a variety of Easy-Life aquatic treatments and fertilisers (RRP £150)

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A garden centre held its third annual Koi Carp Show on July 9.
Aquatics wholesaler J&K Aquatics is distributing a range of products from Evolution Aqua.
A Sea Life centre has launched a campaign to help endangered sea turtles.
Tetra has launched a new range of premium koi fish food, KOI Beauty, comprising Tetra KOI Beauty First, Tetra KOI Beauty Small and Medium Pellets.
Hagen has launched the Fluval Mini Protein Skimmer to help remove dissolved organic compounds and other harmful substances in marine tanks before they break down.
A 19-year-old who used an imitation gun to demand money in an aquatics shop has escaped jail.
A family in Australia has been admitted to hospital after being poisoned by toxins released from coral in their fish tank.
EHEIM has brought out a range of energy-saving, environmentally-friendly classicLED freshwater lights, which it says can be used instead of the high-energy T5/T8 tubes. It has also launched a T5/T8 adapter set to facilitate the change.
The latest JBL manuals are now available as hard copies and to download. The manuals for pond and terrarium enthusiasts are published every two years and include advice and information on how to keep animals as well as information about the JBL expeditions.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium in California is encouraging people to write a fan letter to a fish. A spokesman said its residents including fangtooth fish, cownose ray and hatchetfish love receiving mail, and promised to read any letters to them, reports the TIME magazine.
Evolution Aqua has launched the EazyPod Automatic pond filter.
The chief executive of a UK aquatics trade body has been invited to join the European Pet Organisation’s (EPO) board as vice president.
An aquatics retailer has branded a thief who stole £150 intended for a cancer charity as ‘disgusting low life’.
A new study has revealed that some corals are adapting to warming ocean waters, potentially good news in the face of reports of global coral die-offs due to the extreme warm temperatures last year.
A Scottish aquarium has closed for a three-month-long refurbishment to mark its 20th anniversary.
Tetra has launched a new and limited-edition aquarium to welcome young children into fishkeeping.
An aquatics wholesaler has been included in a list of companies judged most likely to inspire Britain.