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A dog that comforted captured Scottish soldiers during the Second World War has been posthumously recognised by charity the PDSA.
A parrot that was left unable to fly has taken to the skies again after receiving a feather transplant.
A greedy squirrel needed a helping hand after getting its tail tangled in a bracket holding up a bird feeder.
A dog that ran way from home in the middle of the night ended up alerting police of his missing status himself!
A cat became stuck on a 25ft fence while trying to break into a prison.
An Oklahoma family said their home was like a ‘murder scene’ after a deer broke in and wreaked havoc.
A tiny lizard that fits on the end of a pencil has moved into its new home at Paignton Zoo in Devon.
A cat that spent two years living on a scrapyard has been reunited with its owner.
Amateur fossil hunter Jon Gopsill was walking his dogs, Sam and Poppy, on the Somerset coast when they came across a 65 million-year-old ichthyosaur fossil.
A five-foot snake had to be rescued from a car after escaping while travelling with its owners.





The RSPCA is bracing itself for a surge in abandoned animals and fears the fallout from the covid crisis could see more owners struggling to keep their pets.
In the hot seat this month is the sales and marketing director of family-run business Connolly’s RED MILLS
Veterinary and research charity the Animal Health Trust is closing.
UK pet care companies are being encouraged to make the most of the advantages available to exhibitors within the PetQuip-organised UK group at next year’s Interzoo, which has just opened up for bookings.
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.
World Horse Welfare says that, ‘after careful consideration’, it has reluctantly decided to keep its Visitor Centres closed to the public until February next year.
The increased footfall following the reopening of hospitality sector on Saturday is a step in the right direction, the British Independent Retailers Association says.
Great British Bake Off finalist Kim-Joy will be able to indulge two of her favourite passions when she judges a competition for Cats Protection.
Mixed breed dogs have moved up ten places to take top spot as the UK’s most favourite breed, according to a survey.
The UK’s aquatics and water-gardening industry has been boosted by a huge surge of interest in ponds during the coronavirus lockdown.
Petsavers, the charitable research organization, is calling for owners of older dogs to get involved with a new citizen science project.
Shopworkers’ union Usdaw is urging retailers to maintain social distancing in shops at two metres, after the Prime Minister announced a ‘one metre plus’ rule for situations where two-metre distancing cannot be observed.
Hyve, the organiser of the Glee and Pawexpo trade shows, says the shows will not be going ahead this year.
Aquadip has discontinued distribution of Easy-Life products and replaced it with its in-house range of Aquadip Professional Aquarium Care Products.
Trilanco co-founder Derek Balmer has died at the age of 85.
A pregnant Persian cat who was living in a dirty shed and missing half a leg from an unknown injury is now living the life of luxury with the Queen’s head chauffeur.
Pet owners with compromised immune systems can have fatal complications to blood-borne infections from parasites such as fleas – and nearly one in five with a cat or dog are unaware of this, according to new research.
Central England Co-op is today calling on the Government to introduce new legislation to better protect key retail workers after shocking rises in incidents of staff being threatened with being coughed on and given coronavirus.
More than 1,600 exhibitors have already confirmed their participation in the next Interzoo, to be held in Germany next June.
The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association has transformed its Pet Food & Nutrition residential course into a series of online webinars appealing to a wide range of pet professionals in the UK and beyond.
Manchester-based pet bed manufacturer Scruffs has unveiled its Mediterranean-themed summer collection of luxury pet bedding and accessories.
People in India who are stressed by the coronavirus lockdown are turning to long-distance pet ownership to relieve their anxieties.
The covid-19 Equine Emergency Fund – established by Petplan Charitable Trust and the National Equine Welfare Council with the support of World Horse Welfare to help small charities during the pandemic – has awarded its first seven grants totalling £20,350.
Aquatic trade body OATA is asking the Government to clarify whether furloughed staff can volunteer to care for aquatic livestock while ‘off work’.
Officials from Defra have seized a number of products to treat fish and aquariums from a retail premises, following the conclusion of an investigation.
The closure and restocking of a large public aquarium has led to a unique study into the calming effects of fish-gazing.
Climate change could leave freshwater fish with bigger brains but a reduced ability to effectively explore their surroundings, scientists have found. 
Interpet has launched a free diagnostic tool for aquarium-owners abiding by movement restrictions during the current covid-19 crisis so they can identify and solve aquarium or fish problems. 
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (Oata) is lowering fees for its City & Guilds training programmes so that businesses can offer training to their furloughed staff.
NT Labs has added an axolotl pellet to its range of Pro-f aquarium feeds.
An expert and a passionate enthusiast have joined forces to open a specialist koi, tropical fish and aquatics shop.
Pet and aquatic shops can still sell fish following Monday’s government guidance on the sale of ‘essential’ items, the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association says. 
Regular readers will know I have made recommendations of carpeting plants in the past. This month, I want to introduce you to Echinodorus tenellus.
Spectrum Brands, Tetra’s parent group, has acquired the assets of Omega Sea to add to its Global Pet Care portfolio of aquatics brands.
Two aquatics companies have come together to establish Aquatic Now – a specialist marine distributor for the UK.
The trade body for the tropical fish industry has issued a new ‘position’ statement on the use of fish in cultural practices.
Fishkeeping chain Maidenhead Aquatics faced a few hurdles before the grand opening of its latest store.
Dates for AQUA 2021 have just been announced, allowing the UK’s aquatics and water gardening industry to begin planning for another great event.
Peregrine Livefoods has taken over exclusive UK distribution of Aquarium Systems UK and its brands.
Six critically endangered blackchin guitarfish have been born at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham, known to be the first and only breeding programme of its kind in the UK.