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The animal, known as 'Barry', became stuck in a service shaft in its pool

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Edinburgh Zoo's giant panda Tian Tian, who experts believe is now pregnant

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Keepers said latest scientific tests give ‘strong indication’ artificial insemination has been a success

Common eel elvers have enjoyed a resurgence in recent years

Conservationist's claims that European eels are 'critically endangered' challenged by trader

Peter Wood, who owns the Gloucester-based UK Glass Eels, says that since the IUCN designation in 2010, the market has shrunk by 50 per cent
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Animals at Moscow Zoo are caught up in the stand-off between Russia and the West as they lose their fusion menu

The sanctions against meat, fish, fruits and vegetables were intended to strike a counterblow over the insurgency in Ukraine. But the measures will have another impact
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Park rangers say the two men involved face up to six months in jail

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