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A Pakistani pigeon was arrested by Indian law enforcement officers on suspicion of being a spy.
Even as the country open up again, many Brits continue to work from home alongside partners and pets instead of their usual colleagues.
Scientists believe they may have discovered the smallest reptile on earth – a chameleon subspecies the size of a seed. The tiny lizards were discovered by an expedition team in Madagascar, according to a BBC News report.
Eliza Reinhardt and her dog, Finn, have been re-creating famous paintings with household items, including Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ and Vincent van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’.
When Belynder Walia first got Chico, her black Newfoundland, she fell in love immediately. He was a big ball of fluff even as a puppy, beautiful in both temperament and looks. Currently weighing a reasonable 70kg, all he wants is to be hugged, loved, back scratched and fed rice pudding!
How wombats produce cube-shaped poo has long been a biological puzzle but now an international study has provided the answer to this unusual natural phenomenon.
A woman was left terrified after discovering a six-foot carpet python slithering up the stairs of her two-storey house.
A Dominican man was taken into custody by police for violating a curfew – and his dog begged for his owner’s release…
A horrified woman found a huntsman spider had hitched a lift with her…and things only got worse!
A Labrador that likes chasing ducks had to be rescued by firefighters after swimming after the birds for more than half a mile and showing no signs of stopping.





The RSPCA is ‘bracing for an influx of unwanted kittens’ coming into its care.
Interest in getting a pet has increased by 123% during the pandemic, according to Google statistics. Now the analysis team at Picodi.com has checked roughly how much it costs first-time pet owners to get a new furry friend.
Caitrina Oakes, managing director of Vetoquinol UK and Ireland, has been elected as the new chair of NOAH (National Office of Animal Health) for 2021/22.
The British Veterinary Association is asking pet owners to take extra precautions when walking their dogs near water bodies this summer, as hot weather conditions have led to concerns about an increase in toxic blue-green algae in locations across the UK.
Awarding organisation iPET Network has launched the UK’s first-ever dedicated portfolio of cat grooming qualifications. Previously the only industry qualifications available were add-ons to dog grooming courses.
The British Equestrian Trade Association has launched its Summer of Safety – a three-month awareness-raising initiative designed to demonstrate how equestrian products play a frontline role in keeping horses and riders as safe as possible.
The British Independent Retailers Association is pleased the Government has agreed to extend its rent moratorium to March next year.
Humans and hounds are welcome to sniff around a pop-up store now open at Clark’s Village, in Street, Somerset.
The use of glue traps to catch rodents could be banned under a new law backed by the Government.
Peregrine Livefoods, Europe’s largest specialist wholesaler of reptile products, has officially made the final payment towards becoming a fully independent employee-owned trust.
Retail sales volumes declined by 1.4% between April and May after a sharp increase in April when retail restrictions were eased.
The Professional Association of Canine Trainers (PACT) has changed hands in a move that the new owners say will be ‘a step towards revolutionising and regulating the dog training sector in the UK and beyond.
A new range of grooming products uses the healing and soothing qualities of silver or gold nanoparticles to protect pets’ skin and coat.
The Good Kennel Guide is calling on the Government to support kennels and catteries before they are forced out of business.
Leading joint supplement brand YuMOVE has teamed up with interior design guru and TV personality Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen to create the ‘World’s Best Dog House’.
in light of the announcement of covid-19 restrictions continuing into July, World Horse Welfare has taken ‘the difficult decision’ to postpone reopening its Rescue and Rehoming Centres to visitors. The four centres were due to reopen next week after more than a year closed to the public.
Working dog food specialist Skinner’s has launched the first National Working Dog Day, taking place on August 12 to tie in with the start of the grouse-shooting season.
A shop specialising in reptiles, which has been open for just two years, has been named Pet Store of the Year in a prestigious awards.
Mars Pet Nutrition Europe has appointed Helen Warren-Piper as chief growth officer Pet Nutrition Europe, effective immediately.
Scruffs has entered a new UK distribution partnership with District 70 Dog & Cat Bowls, manufactured by Netherlands-based Orange Pet Brands.
People who commit offences against animals will face fines of up to £5,000 under new legislation introduced to Parliament yesterday (June 16).
Pet retailers are being urged to get involved in the forthcoming Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) campaign by helping to educate their customers on the best way to care for rabbits.
Fold Hill Foods has issued a product recall of some of the dry cat food brands it makes as a precautionary measure following discussion with food and veterinary authorities.
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UK trade body OATA has responded to comments made by the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, describing them as ‘unjustified and showing a lack of proper research’ into the way live ornamental fish are transported.
The WWF is warning that the UK is ‘no exception’ when it comes to the loss of freshwater fish species, as a new report exposes the dire outlook for populations across the world.
An International consortium of governments, universities and non-governmental organisations is studying great white shark behaviour in the northwest Atlantic ocean to prevent human-shark conflict and protect both species.
TV gardener David Domoney aims to encourage more people to add water features to their homes and gardens as he enters a new partnership with OASE.
Vets at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine put a woman’s ailing pet seahorse into a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to cure him of gas bubble disease, which is similar to decompression sickness or ‘the bends’, a condition that occurs in scuba divers who surface too quickly.
The price of Hawaiian tropical fish is set to soar following a court ruling banning commercial marine aquarium fishing.
Aquaja – a Dutch specialist in pet and aquatic shop fitting – has fitted the first shop in the UK with its Economy Line Aquaria Stand system.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) has sent a letter to government ministers seeking urgent action to resolve problems of importing livestock and products into the UK, which have arisen since the end of the Brexit transition period in January.
A new film exploring the artisanal fishing trade for the home aquarium industry in Brazil has been released on Vimeo.
Penguins at the London Aquarium have been enjoying festive films in a bid to help them prepare for visitors post-lockdown.
BBC Radio 4 consumer programme ‘You and Yours’ featured the growing popularity of fish keeping in its early December programme. During lockdown many people took on a new pet – not just cats and dogs, fish found a new fan-base too.
Ibrahim Mefire Kouotou, MD of the aquatics group EHEIM, has been crowned manager of the year by a French trade publication.
It’s not often you get to share Sunday brunch with sharks and a turtle but that’s exactly what two divers did in an effort to raise money for cancer research.
The man behind a project to support Amazonian ornamental fisheries, Scott Dowd, has received a major award for his work.
With less than a month to go until the end of the Transition Period, the government is urging businesses and consumers to check online guidance around importing and exporting products that are covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Aquatic retailers are being urged to check the credentials of courier companies if they have recently begun to use them to transport live fish.
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.