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Five foul-mouthed parrots have been separated after learning to swear at a Lincolnshire zoo and egging each other on in front of visitors.
Inventive staff at an East Anglian wildlife centre have created DIY saunas for sickly seals – using a modified wallpaper stripper!
Boaters in the Straits of Gibraltar have reported being rammed repeatedly by orcas, causing damage to hulls and rudders.
Life is a hoot once again for August, the baby barn owl, thanks to the skill and care of the team at a Berwick veterinary practice.
If you’re someone who spends hours swiping through dating sites searching for someone with an adorable dog, a new app may provide the answer you’re looking for.
An 11-year-old Belgian malinois police dog held fast to a suspect fleeing an illegal marijuana operation in the US – even after the suspect stabbed the dog nine times.
A Leeds man was awakened in the early hours by an unusual sound in his bedroom…
A boarder collie and Australian cattle dog mix named Bear is leading a pack of dogs trained to find koalas in areas threatened by bushfires in Queensland, Australia, the Guardian reports.
A seven-week-old kitten has been rescued from under the bonnet of a car that had just been driven 30 miles.
One male and two female African lions have been delivered by cesarean section at Dallas Zoo in Texas, and all are thriving.





Dignity Pet Crematorium, a specialist individual pet crematorium based in Hampshire, has raised £2,000 – its biggest total yet – from its charity Christmas Tree. Funds will be split equally between the Samaritans and nine other charities.
A surge in pet ownership during 2020 has led to more owners demanding top quality and alternative pet food, according to one manufacturer.
The RSPCA continues to rehome rescue animals on a delivery basis during the ongoing lockdowns in both England and Wales.
Family-owned pet, wild bird food and accessories producer Henry Bell Wild Bird Care has introduced a new range – the Sterling Collection.
Mars Petcare UK has issued a ‘precautionary recall’ of several of its dog food products because they may contain high levels of vitamin D that exceed the maximum permitted intake.
Credible Markets has brought out a new research report covering the grain-free pet food market.
Premium natural pet food brand, Lily’s Kitchen is now available to pet owners across China thanks to a major distribution agreement with specialist Penefit International.
For the 13th year running, Virbac’s household flea spray, Indorex, has been voted The Best Flea Product for the Home by readers of Your Dog magazine.
More than three million pet cats are overweight and the problem is becoming worse during the pandemic, according to Cats Protection.
The RSPCA has welcomed new guidance from the UK Government that will make it easier for people in England to walk and exercise their dogs amid ongoing lockdown restrictions.
A new ‘world-leading’ scheme for commercial producers of raw pet food is in the final stages of production by the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA).
Meowijuana, a SmarterPaw brand, is continuing its expansion into Singapore with a new distribution partnership with Polygen Asia.
T Forrest has introduced its first product launch of 2021, adding a new range of premium coconut feeders to its bird product portfolio.
The guidance for pet care businesses has again been updated following additional government advice.
A pet shop is closing for the last time after more than three decades.
A British small pet bedding business has invested more than £1m in a new production line, enabling it to treble its capacity for 2021.
Set against a backdrop of the major challenges posed by covid-19, Llanharan-based  Hope Rescue has helped 481 dogs in need since last March – including 211 dogs that were handed over because their owners could no longer take care of them.
Cargill, the global food, agricultural, financial and industrial products company, has opened a new premix animal nutrition facility in the US.
A London-based food tech start-up, The Pack, has closed the pre-seed investment round for its new range of plant-based dog food.
Vital Pet Group is now stocking the range of frozen raw pet food from Nutriment.
The British Veterinary Association has renewed a call for animal owners to respect their veterinary teams as practices adjust to new ways of working under national lockdown restrictions across the UK.
The British Independent Retailers Association is calling for business rates to be abolished for another year following a report from the British Retail Consortium, revealing the true impact of covid-19 on shopper footfall.
Following the acquisition of aniMate in November, Pets Choice has completed a month-long transition of the aniMate assets from its base in Ripponden, West Yorkshire to Pets Choice headquarters in Blackburn, Lancashire.
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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.
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.