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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.
A miniature Schnauzer has made a full recovery after a run-in with a nest of aggressive hornets.
RSPCA chief inspector Simon Parker was at home enjoying a birthday barbecue with his family when he was called out to Mansfield Police Station in Nottinghamshire.
A Japanese aquarium closed during the coronavirus outbreak asked people to make video calls to its eels so they ‘remember humans exist and don’t pose a threat’.
An exotic frog has made a 5,000-mile trip to an Asda store in Llanelli, where it was found by staff among a bunch of bananas from Colombia.





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Franchise business OSCAR Pet Foods is launching an Academy of Pet Welfare, in what it says is an industry first.
TV vet Joe Inglis is seeking seed investment for his latest venture – a platform devoted to home-prepared meals for pets that involves the development of a high-tech kitchen gadget.
The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) has published a full UK Pet Data Report 2020 making in depth data available to a wider audience for the first time.
A pet shop and doggy day care centre specialising in natural pet foods, treats and accessories, has increased its online turnover by 164% during the coronavirus pandemic.
A luxury bed company has responded to the demands of lockdown pet lovers by developing a matching beds set for owners and their animals.
Search engine data has revealed that the British public looks for more health supplements for their dogs than they do for themselves.
Callum Griffiths, of Clydach Farm pet foods, has been named Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year for Wales at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
Just for Pets is a specialist pet retailer that knows how to turn things around, moving from near administration three years ago, to PetQuip UK Pet Retailer of the Year in 2019. Now in 2020, the group is even looking for new sites. Neil Pope caught up with general manager Paul Lewis to find out more
Staff at a charity pet hospital are aiming to walk 874 miles – the equivalent of walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats – in September to raise funds for pets in need.
Marleybones is a London start-up founded by Josephine Bager and Mikala Skov. The pair are on a mission to prove the integrity of their dog food by sharing its full journey through the food chain, including the sustainable impact of each product from farm to bowl.
As online grocers report a spike in orders and shoppers post pictures of newly-emptied shelves, a home delivery business says we must all learn the lessons of March and avoid panic-buying ahead of a second coronavirus wave.
Despite stereotypes, Staffordshire bull terriers do NOT show increased risk of aggression compared with other bull terriers.
The ACS – Association of Convenience Stores – has obtained clarification from the government regarding the wearing of face coverings in retail settings.
The British Independent Retailers Association has welcomed new measures to further support businesses and protect jobs.
Pets at Home says sales momentum has continued to build, following a return to ‘normalisation’ in the second half of the last quarter.
Retail staff must wear face coverings from today, following Tuesday’s government announcements on further covid-19 safety measures.
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.
Retail trade union Usdaw has called on the shopping public to respect retail workers and follow the necessary in-store safety measures.
A pet retailer is to roll out new branding after significant reinvestment following a lockdown sales surge and funding boost.
Markerstudy is searching for an apprentice insurance underwriter to be involved in the creation and implementation of policies for pet and gadget owners.
The value of retail sales increased by 0.7% and volume sales by 0.8% in August when compared with the previous month, the Office for National Statistics has revealed.
A high street pet store is appealing to the public to ‘shop local and look after small businesses’ or more shops will be forced to close.
The wearing of face coverings will be compulsory for retail staff as well as for customers, the government has announced.
Evolution Aqua has launched an advanced new filtration system to further enhance its leading koi pond filters.
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.
The Bluereef Aquarium in Cornwall says its reopening at the start of July went swimmingly – and even the fish were pleased to see people.
Robot dolphins could soon replace real ones in Chinese aquariums, according to CBC radio media.
Bottlenose dolphins have been observed chattering while co-operating to solve a tricky puzzle – a feat that suggests they have a type of vocalisation dedicated to cooperating on problem solving.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (Oata) is reminding members that they may need to prepare for new border controls coming into force next year.
Giant Australian Cuttlefish have returned to their South Australian breeding ground in higher numbers this winter than have been seen for decades, experts say.
Aquatic retailers are being invited to sign up for a pond pump recycling scheme to help encourage a more eco-friendly and energy-saving approach to pond keeping.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association is reminding retailers that there are some items that need to be removed from shelves from August.
A lonely grouper fish has received worldwide attention after news of his depression hit the headlines.