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It’s not everyday that RSPCA officers are called out to help a box of crickets – but that’s what happened in Bodmin, Cornwall.
A woman who visited a pet shop came back with something completely different.
Two racoon dogs have been rescued in the same village – just hours apart!
An x-ray revealed an unusual object in a cat’s stomach.
A sheep has been taking lessons on how to be a lamb.
A snail racing competition was postponed because the snails were too ‘sluggish’ to take part.
A mutant crayfish has learned to clone itself and is invading Europe and beyond.
The RSPCA was called after meows were heard coming from the flooring of a house on a building site in Corby, Northamptonshire.
An elderly woman had a problem under her wardrobe.
A dog ended up attached to a manhole cover during freezing temperatures.
An unusual surfer took to the water in California.
A zoo outside Paris had to be evacuated after monkeys escaped.
A cat that was trapped in a car engine is on the mend.
A couple with a new baby were puzzled when dummies started going missing from their home.
A terrified woman called the RSPCA after finding a two-metre-long ‘snake’ in her garden.
Police were called out by a farmer reporting a tiger on the loose.
A family was shocked to find a stray cat stuck inside their sofa.
A dog accidentally set fire to his owners’ house.
RSPCA inspector Rachel Smith arrived to free a trapped sheep in Hertfordshire…but couldn’t help having a little chuckle when she arrived.
A blind man with a phobia of dogs has found an unusual solution.
Vets had to assist a dog that bit off more than he could chew.
Australia’s oldest wombat celebrated her birthday with some veggie cake.
Twelve camels have been disqualified from a beauty contest.
A vacancy at a vets has generated international interest.
A family’s dog found herself in a sticky situation after eating a takeaway leaflet that had been posted through the door.
RSPCA animal collection officer Kim Sheriff was called to a field in Hawkshaw, Greater Manchester, after two girls found a stricken sheep in a bit of a tight spot – with its head stuck in a tree!
Evidence of a giant penguin as big as a person has been discovered.
A lobster was found with a logo on its body.
A hen has escaped death after falling off the back of a slaughter lorry.
A farmer took her pony to the dentist – in the boot of her car!
A duck that lost its foot is now able to walk thanks to a group of schoolchildren.
Designer dog homes are to go on display in London this Spring.
A giant Greenland shark is possibly the oldest living vertebrate in the world.
Phelps the hedgehog has received hydrotherapy.
A stranded sheep had a lucky escape after being helped out of a muddy marsh.
Iguanas have been spotted falling from the sky.
A cat almost died after swallowing a rat whole.
A dog that was rescued from a puppy farm is enjoying life in her new home.
A young deer was spotted struggling to stand up on the thin ice on a lake in Oregon, in the US, almost recreating a scene from the Disney film Bambi.
A pig destined for the slaughterhouse is to host an art exhibition instead.
A couple of adopted pets have become close travel buddies.
A cat was recued from a tree after being stranded for five days.
A villager who found a pig’s gallstone is in luck.
A bear has allegedly made off with various weapons.
A woman came home to find her cats sprawled on the floor after eating marijuana.
A pet is disrupting family life with his temper.
A pair of kittens have become inseparable – and they have something in common.
An injured lamb has been given a new lease of life. Alistair Jenkin found Lamby in a field when she was only two days old and he has been caring for her since then.
One animal shelter has come up with a magic idea to help get dogs adopted.
Two unusual cats are looking for a new home.
A gerbil has been given a traditional Viking funeral.
A Rottwieler surprised her owners when she gave birth to 15 puppies.
A cat had a lucky escape after she was trapped in a car engine.
A pet-friendly hotel has been put to the test.
Kittens rescued from a warehouse have appeared on TV.
A pet shop found an unusual visitor in its store room.
Emergency services swung into action when a cat became stranded on a roof.
A deer was found wandering in a forest with a pumpkin stuck on its head.
A fish that some people claim bears the face of Jesus has fans lining up for selfies.
A group of dogs have had the VIP treatment at a swimming pool.
Lorry driver Anthony Anderson was up in County Durham when he heard a meowing from inside his vehicle.
Linda Tabone is a foster mum with a difference – the orphans she looks after are wombats.
A dog frightened by fireworks found herself stuck fast.
The Scottish SPCA is seeking the owner of a cat who found her way on to a delivery truck heading to Kilmarnock.
A woman who bought a hamster has ended up with a £200 repair bill.
Age isn’t getting in the way of Cleo – a year after a life-saving operation.
A family was surprised after its pet tortoise that had vanished was found six miles from home.
A badger was discovered having a sleep in a kitchen!
A large gathering of Border collies, 576 to be precise, gathered at a sports ground to break a world record.
An invasion of octopuses has been seen crawling out of the sea.
Wee Bob the Shetland pony likes to spend his days IN the family home.
A baby hedgehog had to be rescued after getting his head trapped inside a conker.
A rare breed of chameleon has been successfully bred for the first time.
Reggie the cat is back on his feet after using up the second of his nine lives.
A missing cat has been reunited with its owner – after seven years.
An owl needed some help after falling into a barrel of syrup.
A couple who were about to get married found themselves interrupted by an unusual guest.
An African grey parrot found itself witness to a murder.
Firefighters were called to help a horse that was stuck belly deep in water near the M6 in the West Midlands.
A pet thought to be dead clawed its way out of a grave five weeks after it was buried.
An animal lover came to the rescue of dog dumped in Ukraine.
A family of swans needed rescuing from a busy road in Scotland.
A Highland bullock rejected by his herd has grown up thinking he’s a dog.
A trapdoor spider found in only two places on earth probably travelled by raft from South Africa to Australia millions of years ago.
A cat thought to be the world’s oldest moggy has died at the age of 32.
This year’s release of the Guinness Book of Records has its share of record-breaking pets.
Beachgoers were advised to look out for Portuguese men o’war after a number of the venomous creatures were washed up on Britain’s coast.
A womanhad a surprise when she found a live frog in her salad.
A bearded seal, normally found in Arctic waters, has been spotted on the south coast of the Republic of Ireland.
A vet came to the rescue of a dog that had swallowed a kebab skewer.
A baby alligator was found bathing in the sun by a lake…in Somerset!
PETA and photographer David Slater have reached a settlement in a dispute over who owns the rights to a ‘selfie’ of a monkey.
Staying in a hotel room on a work trip can be lonely.
A man was escorted from a supermarket after he tried to take a sheep into the shop on a lead.
The Postal Museum is on a recruitment drive – for cats.
A family had a shock when they discovered a three-foot snake in their toilet.
A pub has become the first in England to be awarded a zoo licence.
Nine years ago Bodacious the shepherd cat first appeared in Suzanna Crampton’s life, after she found him wandering around a shop in Kilkenny, Ireland.
Humans are not the only ones who like surfing, with dogs loving the water as well and many enjoying catching the waves, according to organisers of the World Dog Surfing Championships in the US.
A serial burglar faced a defensive parrot when attempting to steal from a home in Kent.