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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.
An ice-cream-loving puppy needed an emergency trip to the vets after getting a lolly stick stuck in his mouth.
A swan had an unwanted trip to soft play after getting a discarded foam play square stuck around its neck.
Jack Russell cross Chihuahua, Skip suffered a multitude of fractures when he was hit by a car – but  is now back on his feet thanks to Davies Veterinary Specialists (Davies) in Hertfordshire.
A stowaway hen has been rescued and rehomed after travelling from Lincolnshire to Hertfordshire under an egg delivery lorry.
A feisty bat wasn’t too happy to be rescued after he was found grounded in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
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.
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.
A wallaby was caught on CCTV jumping along a quiet Welsh street in the middle of the night.
Newly-discovered footage of what is thought to be the last images of the extinct Tasmanian tiger has been released online.
A veteran horse that fell into a ditch had to be pulled out by firefighters in a three-hour rescue.
A cub found himself outfoxed by a vase after getting his head stuck inside the pot.
A couple set up a chute from their house to a tent in the front garden to enable their cats to get some time outside during lockdown.
A duck has had to have its penis removed after injuring it by being ‘over-amorous’.
A dog accidentally put its owner’s car in reverse – and ended up going around in circles for an hour.
A four-hour rescue mission was launched to save a lamb that fell down a drainpipe.
A pet dog thought to have cancer after a mass was found, had actually eaten more than 300 hair bobbles.
A Londoner had a shock when she opened her airing cupboard and spotted a snake slithering beneath the vacuum cleaner.
Two RSPCA officers had a surprise when they were called out to snakes that didn’t turn out to be quite what they expected.
An animal hospital has shared a video online of vets removing a full-sized beach towel from a snake’s throat.
A peckish pig that swallowed a pedometer ended up sparking a fire in its pen.
A critically endangered pancake tortoise has been born at Longleat.
Mountain rescuers found a scared dog lost in one of the most remote parts of the UK – by cooking sausages and bacon on a disposable barbecue.
Music composed especially for cats has been associated with significantly improved behaviour in a small study comparing how cats respond to no music, cat-specific music and classical music.
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.