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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.
A concerned North Wales woman called the RSPCA to rescue an alligator – and then discovered it was all just a prank.
A newborn calf has been rescued after getting stuck neck-high in mud.
A wild pig led a group of police officers on a 45-minute chase before it was eventually caught – by a bin!
US retail giant PetSmart says it has become the first pet brand to launch a Snapchat-augmented reality lens that transforms users’ faces into reptiles if they answer questions about the creatures correctly.





Lan Handling Technologies – a Dutch specialist in designing, assembling and integrating retort automation solutions for pet foods – has launched a new concept for the in-line drying of pouches and semi-rigid packaging in retort processes.
All AMTRA/Harper Adams exams have been suspended until further notice.
Soft chews and calming sprays designed to help dogs during periods of stress are now available from Overby Farm.
New cold-pressed dog food business Walker & Drake – launched mid-lockdown in June – is already planning to recuit three new field sales executives to join its rapidly-expanding team.
Nearly nine out of 10 large businesses are relying on bad supplier data, putting them at major risk of fraud, a survey has found.
Data released by the The Kennel Club ahead of World Mental Health Day last week shows 91% agree dogs help them cope mentally and emotionally during the global crisis.
Tonisity International has launched a new range of products for the pet industry.
Swedencare has bought 100% of British company Nutravet (UK).
Megan Fletcher has joined Edition Media to focus on the production, creation, and delivery of Edition Dog and Edition Cat magazines’ online and social media content.
Two independent pet stores in East Anglia have been put up for sale as the current owners look to retire.
A pet food company is calling on members of the public to support their local high street to help businesses survive the pandemic.
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are waiting to be paid on average £59,013 each for work undertaken before lockdown, finds a business survey.
Raw food brand Natures Menu has released an upbeat, informative series of online videos to promote its popular Poo Bag Challenge and continue its further education on raw feeding.
An entrepreneur who has developed an online marketplace for artisan pet product has been named as a finalist in the Best Business Women Awards 2020.
International trade association PetQuip has seen an increase in new memberships as more UK businesses call on its services.
Forced mass closure of shops in a circuit breaker scenario would be devastating for the retail sector, says the British Independent Retailers Association.
Two men have been arrested following multiple burglaries, including a pet shop break-in, in the New Forest on Wednesday night (October 14).
MPs will debate two petitions relating to pet theft on Monday (October 19).
Pets Choice has purchased the assets and goodwill of pet accessory business The Animate Company, with the deal being completed at the end of October.
German sustainable pet food company Josera has been named ‘best in category’ by the Pet Sustainability Coalition (PSC).
Family-run business D-Style has launched a product billed as ‘the world’s only fully-retractable ball thrower made entirely from recycled and sustainable materials’.
A planning application for Pets at Home’s new national storage and distribution centre in Staffordshire has now been submitted following an extensive public consultation.
Obese dogs that are put on a weight-loss diet could achieve significant extra health benefits, according to a new study backed by Purina.
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.
The managing director of a major UK fish care supplier is warning others in the aquatics industry to be aware of three attempted incidents of deception that nearly resulted in lost stock.
The RSPCA has issued a reminder to the ‘well-meaning’ public not to seek to refloat beached or stranded cetaceans or aquatic mammals.