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A swan had an unwanted trip to soft play after getting a discarded foam play square stuck around its neck.
Jack Russell cross Chihuahua, Skip suffered a multitude of fractures when he was hit by a car – but  is now back on his feet thanks to Davies Veterinary Specialists (Davies) in Hertfordshire.
A stowaway hen has been rescued and rehomed after travelling from Lincolnshire to Hertfordshire under an egg delivery lorry.
A feisty bat wasn’t too happy to be rescued after he was found grounded in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
A fledgling jackdaw had a lucky escape after getting its leg stuck in guttering on a house roof.
When Maddie Johnson is awakened from her slumbers by the sound of ‘snoring like a pig’, it is not her partner, Stephen, who is to blame but her pet porker!
A children’s comic book that debuted at the Shanghai Book Fair has ignited hot debate in China because parents fear its depiction of animals mating may have a negative influence on their children.
A stray pup that kept showing up at a car dealership was given the job of meeting and greeting customers and has now been adopted as the showroom’s official mascot.
A tiny baby grass snake has been ‘dusted off’ and released back into the wild after being found covered in lead at a factory in North Ferriby, East Yorkshire.
A herd of goats took over a deserted town centre in North Wales, eating hedges and flowers from gardens.





Award-winning pet chain Just for Pets opened its latest store at the weekend.
Hunger for high-quality pet food in Japan has resulted in 400% sales growth this year – and a predicted 500% increase over five years – for UK pet food business MPM Products.
Tributes have been pouring in to the late Catherine O’Driscoll, founder of Canine Health Concern in 1994 and the Pet Welfare Alliance in 2010.
Eco pet company Project Blu has secured a multi-million pound deal with an American venture capital firm dedicated to helping start-up businesses grow quickly.
Exporting pet care companies can find out what steps they should be taking before the end of the Brexit transition period during a special webinar organised by international trade association PetQuip.
DoggyRade is to supply its new range of isotonic pet drinks to Pedigree Wholesale.
Central England Co-op has officially opened its flagship store in Lichfield, Staffordshire after a £3m investment.
Pets at Home has today released its FY21 interim results, revealing total group revenue growth of 5.1% to £574.4m.
Group55’s product development and process manager, Kate Horton, has been named as one of Lancashire’s most influential, innovative and inspiring young people in business at the Lancashire Business View’s ‘Sub36’ 2020 Awards.
International pet products manufacturer Collar Company celebrates its 25th anniversary in December.
Insect-based pet food startup Aardvark has massively overachieved on its funding target as it prepares to launch its first products. 
Scientists are warning that pets are at increased risk from parasites this autumn and winter due to rises in seasonal temperatures.
Lily’s Kitchen and Dogs Trust have entered a two-year partnership beginning this autumn in support of the charity’s ‘Change the Tale’ campaign.
Laughing Dog Food has launched its first Christmas Macarons for Dogs, with a blend of peanut butter and strawberry flavouring.
Just for Pets, the specialist pet chain saved from administration three years ago, is about to celebrate the opening of its latest store this weekend.
Treat manufacturer The Innocent Pet has added to its growing team with the appointment of sales executive Ben Ragg.
Exotic animal vet and star of CBBC’s ‘The Pets Factor’, Fabian Rivers has taken top spot in the BVA Young Vet of the Year Award 2020 sponsored by Zoetis.
The Asia Pacific pet care industry has seen rapid growth over the past two years and is now seen as one of the major pet care markets globally.
Pet Trade Solutions founder Lynda Ward says that remote working during the covid 19 pandemic has in many cases resulted in happier and more productive staff.
The British Independent Retailers Association has launched its first competition to find the finest festive display.
Vetpol is celebrating the qualification of the first SQP candidate to graduate as a result of studying and sitting its examination totally online.
Crufts 2021 will take place next year on the new dates of July 15-18 at the NEC Birmingham.
Anyone making money from selling animals should face ‘the same rigour and inspection as bricks and mortar pet shops and wholesalers’, according to the Companion Animal Sector Council, which has just submitted its views on the Selling Animals as Pets guidance as part of a first-year review by Defra.
Aquatic retailers and water garden centres are being urged to get behind the Be Plant Wise campaign this autumn, to help prevent the spread of invasive species.
Three new faces were welcomed to the OATA Board at the trade association’s annual general meeting, which for the first time was held on Zoom.
An aquarium in California has experienced a tripling of visits to its webcam since it was forced to close to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic in March.
An aquatic pet store lost many of its fish when authorities mistakenly cut off the shop’s power supply during a raid on an illegal gambling den.
Aquariums and zoos could be facing the worst financial winter in memory, the British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums (BIAZA) has warned.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) has welcomed Dr Matthew Bond to the team as its new scientific and technical adviser.
The EHEIM Professional 5e external aquarium filter has received an award for innovation from a French trade ublication.
Global trade associations and other bodies have written a letter of concern to CITES about its proposed approach to reviewing the trade in and conservation of marine ornamental fish, as agreed by the 18th Conference of the Parties in 2019.
German aquatics company EHEIM has optimised its website to include an array of new features.
Evolution Aqua has launched an advanced new filtration system to further enhance its leading koi pond filters.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) is urging retailers to get in touch if they think they may be impacted by changes to aquatic livestock import rules following Brexit.
With a lifelong love of tropical fish, Yorkshire-based Carl Goodman is setting his sights on scaling his ethical aquatics business.
Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association chief executive Dominic Whitmee has applauded ‘the efforts of those essential retailers and support businesses who no doubt faced the biggest challenge in their working life when lockdown was announced in March.
Indonesia has seen a huge upswing in interest in fishkeeping since the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports from aquarium stores.
Aquatic nutrition company Vitalis is looking to its eco credentials with the introduction of fully recyclable pots utilising an over 50% reduction in plastic.
Humboldt penguins at an aquarium have been heralded as ‘body positivity’ icons by staff after they remained on show despite going through their annual moult – which means the usually feathered friends are now bald birds.
A specialist aquatic shopfitting company based in the Netherlands is producing a budget-friendly livestock-retailing unit for in the UK market.