August 13, 2018 8:36 AM Is litter increasing the risk of fox attacks?
While fox attacks are uncommon, there is concern that litter is encouraging the population of the animals to rise. Foxes were first spotted in a UK town in the 1930s. A study by Brighton and Reading universities last year found there are just under 150,000 urban foxes in England – up from around 33,000 in the 1990s. It found Bournemouth has the highest 21
August 1, 2018 9:43 AM Terrified dog found hiding in oven after deadly Greece fire
Hundreds of animals are thought to have died in the terrifying blaze - but one lucky dog managed to stay safe. The poodle-cross was singed yellow, had burned eyelashes and was having trouble breathing when it was discovered in what is believed to be an outdoor oven. Last week's fire in Mati was one of two which broke out near Athens, killing around 90 people 5
July 28, 2018 2:56 PM Shock moment HUGE grumpy bear tries to sink his teeth in car at safari park
THESE pictures show the astonishing moment a grumpy bear leapt onto the bonnet of a car at at a safari park in Bedfordshire before trying to sink his teeth into the bodywork. The bear attempts to bite the bonnet of Ms Mallaney's car at Woburn Safari Park (Image: Sophie Mallaney) Ms Mallaney said she later spoke a member of staff who admitted his surprise 7
July 27, 2018 2:04 PM 'Provide free medical checks, water and sun cream to Southend's homeless community'
Free medical checks, water and sun cream should be provided to Southend's homeless community as the heatwave continues, a councillor has argued. Anne Jones, deputy leader of the Labour Group, has called on the council to learn from Westminster, where a number of services are being provided for the homeless community and their pets to get them through 7
July 26, 2018 2:09 PM Egypt zoo accused of painting donkey to look like a zebra
A zoo in Egypt has denied painting black stripes on a donkey to make it look like a zebra after a photo of the animal appeared online. Student Mahmoud Sarhan put the images on Facebook after visiting Cairo's International Garden municipal park. Aside from its small size and pointy ears, there were also black smudges on its face. The pictures quickly 10
July 26, 2018 2:14 AM Purrfect: Ed Sheeran sets up an Instagram account for his cats
On Wednesday, Sheeran shared a picture of the pair, named Dorito and Calippo, with his own 24 million followers, along with the words: “My cats set up their own Instagram, clever pussles. Follow their daily routine @thewibbles x.” Within an hour of Sheeran’s post, the animals’ account had amassed more than 40,000 followers. So far, three pictures of the pair have been shared 8
July 25, 2018 5:04 AM Circus Mondao invites audiences to come see animals for themselves
But Miss Jackson who has worked in the circus for 26 years, has accused the organisations of “telling lies” to further their cause. Miss Jackson, aged 42, said that this year’s show includes horses, ponies, llamas, camels and a zebra. She refutes the claim made by Animal Defenders International (ADI) that Circus Mondao uses ‘wild’ animals because they are all born in captivity 9
July 17, 2018 8:27 PM Cher: I founded animal charity to save elephant in LA Zoo
Cher has said she was inspired to found her animal rights charity after hearing about the plight of an elephant in captivity. The singer, who is a devoted animal lover, said she co-founded Free The Wild, which aims to stop the suffering of wild animals in captivity, after learning about Billy the Elephant in the Los Angeles Zoo. Arriving at a charity 7
July 12, 2018 12:00 AM Killing rats could save coral reefs
The much maligned rat is not a creature many would associate with coral reefs. But scientists studying reefs on tropical islands say the animals directly threaten the survival of these ecosystems. A team working on the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean found that invasive rats on the islands are a "big problem" for coral reefs. Rats decimate seabird 9
July 9, 2018 3:10 PM WHAT ARE JUMPING GENES?
Jumping genes is the common name given to a group of DNA fragments known formally as retrotransposons. Over the course of research, it became apparent that not only do these genes 'jump,' but they are also found in almost all organisms and typically in large numbers. For example, they make up approximately 50 per cent of the human genome and up to 90 per cent of the maize 8